Hockey player found dead in car in south Delhi

Rizwan Khan, a hockey player, who had represented Delhi in hockey tournaments at the under-16 level, was found dead in his Swift car in south Delhi. Photo: FB

New Delhi: A 22-year-old hockey player allegedly shot himself dead in his car parked outside his friend's house in south Delhi Sarojini Nagar area, the police said Tuesday.

The police said it appeared to be a case of suicide. However, the victim's family has alleged that he was killed.

Rizwan Khan, a hockey player, who had represented Delhi in hockey tournaments at the under-16 level, was found dead in his Swift car parked outside the house of his woman friend, also a hockey player.

"We have found a country-made pistol in the right hand of the deceased. A bullet injury was found on the right temple of the body. No suicide note was found on the spot," Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police (south), said.

The forensic teams, including the district crime team, have inspected the spot thoroughly, Baaniya said.

Rizwan had gone to his friend's house Monday and met her cousin. He left a bag containing money and his phone at their house, the police said.

His father claimed that the bag contained Rs 2 lakh that he had given to his son for buying a motorcycle, they said.

He tried to reach his son on his cell phone but it was switched off. Later, he tried an alternate number to reach the player but a girl answered the phone and did not tell him her address, the police said.

The girl's father received the phone and gave the address later, they said.

Rizwan's father found his car parked outside the girl's house and saw him lying in a pool of blood inside it, the police said.

Rizwan's woman friend, who had left for Bhopal for a tournament, will also be questioned.

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