Nearly a month before his daughter's wedding, a 57-year-old doctor was found dead and valuables worth lakhs of rupees missing from his home in northwest Delhi on Monday, police said.
The deceased was identified as Mukim Ahmad Iqbal, a medical practitioner, police said, adding that no injury marks were found on his body.
A distant relative who had come to Dr Iqbal's Jahangirpuri home alerted the police about the death at around 10:30 am. On reaching the spot, the police found his body on a bed, they said.
Mukim Ahmad Iqbal daughter's was scheduled to be married on December 9, an officer said.
Police said around Rs 4 lakh to 5 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh was missing from the house.
"Since, there was a wedding, Iqbal had kept money and valuables in the almirah. It is suspected that the valuables might have been stolen by the accused," a senior officer said.
The officer added the door of the house was found ajar, so the culprit could have been known to the victim.
"It is being probed whether someone close to the family who was aware about the upcoming wedding and was trusted by them could be involved in the incident. There are no injury marks on the body leading us to suspect that Mukim might have had a heart attack after finding that the valuables were missing", the officer said.
The exact cause of the death would be found out after the autopsy which would be conducted today, Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Aslam Khan said.
During a preliminary probe, the police learnt that Dr Iqbal was alone at home after his daughter, a teacher, left for school at 7:30 am, the police officer said.
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