The victim has been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhatt, a native of Uttarakhand who lived with his wife and two-month-old daughter in Gurgaon's Gandhi Nagar. He was employed with Denso India Ltd.
According to the police, the accused reportedly hit on Mr Bhatt's head with a heavy object, strangled him with a muffler before slitting his throat. A case of murder has been registered against unknown persons and investigations are underway, the officer said.
"Sunil Kumar Bhatt had left for Haridwar around 7 pm for an event at his brother's place. He was waiting for the bus when a private cab driver lured him to board his Alto. There was another man in the cab and Mr Bhatt was told that they were headed to Haridwar and he can join them," the officer said.
Mr Bhatt's wife told the police that a call from her husband around 8.30 pm got disconnected abruptly. When she called back, his cellphone was switched off. After repeated attempts to connect with her husband throughout the night failed, she approached the Gurgaon Police in the morning.
"However, instead of taking any action, the police registered only a missing person complaint, that too in the evening," she was quoted as saying.
A Delhi Police team that found Mr Bhatt's body yesterday contacted their Gurgaon counterparts who informed the victim's family. The body was sent for postmortem and the report is awaited.
The police are analysing the CCTV footage of the ATMs, and major roads are being scanned to identify the accused, an officer added.