Mystery Shrouds BARC Scientist's Murder

Mystery Shrouds BARC Scientist's Murder
Mystery shrouds the murder of the 48-year-old BARC scientist, who was found dead in his South Mumbai flat, as police do not rule out the possibility that he was a gay and had become victim of a jilter lover.

"We are investigating the case from various angles including the one whether that the murder was a result of strained homosexual affair," said Investigating Officer K V Kale of Gamdevi police station.

Mahadevan Padmanabhan Iyer, a mechanical engineer working in the BARC's Reactor Group, was found murdered in his first floor apartment in the BARC quarters near Breach Candy Hospital on Monday night.

Iyer, a bachelor hailing from Tamil Nadu, was found lying on his bed with a rope tied around his neck, which bore injuries. He was also hit on his head with a blunt object.

The scientist had been working with Reactor Design and Development Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for over a decade.

Since there were no signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from the house and the door was locked from outside, police suspect the assailant was known to the deceased.

Iyer's mother told the police that her son did not believe in the institution of marriage. She stays with her daughter at Vasai in adjoining Thane district.

Three alcohol bottles were also found in the scientist's apartment, police said.

Iyer's neighbours were today questioned to ascertain who had frequently visited the deceased's house and who was last seen coming out of his residence, they added.

Police went through the log book of visitors kept with security guard at the building and also visited the BARC at Trombay to gather more information about Iyer.
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