In a shocking and horrific incident, a 26-year-old man who reportedly went missing five days ago was hacked to death and his dismembered body recovered from inside a refrigerator at his friend’s rented accommodation in south Delhi.

The victim was identified as Uttarakhand native Vipin Joshi who had been missing since Monday night, police said.

Joshi’s family members had, in search of him, reached his friend Badal Mandal’s house on Saturday evening. Though the house was locked, Joshi’s brother approached police and lodged a missing person’s complaint.

During their search, police found out that both Joshi and Mandal were absent from work for a couple of days. Both were last seen together near Mandal’s house. Police also said Mandal lived with his wife and two children but had recently sent them back to his hometown in West Bengal.

Police said the investigation has revealed that both of them worked in a south Delhi restaurant as bartenders, and lived in the same locality. On October 9, both of them left work together, police said.

“When we went to Mandal’s house in Saidulajab to look for Joshi, we found it locked from the outside. Our team broke open the door and saw blood spattered all across the house. A foul smell was emanating and the refrigerator door was left ajar. The body, cut in pieces, was in the refrigerator, inside black plastic bags,” said a police officer privy to the details of the case.

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“The body parts were later identified as that of Joshi’s,” added the officer.

Additional DCP (south) Chinmoy Biswal said a case of murder has been registered and efforts are on to trace Mandal.

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