The deceased was identified as Ashok Bhanot, a resident of Sector 41. As per police officials, he had died around three-four days ago.
The police said Bhanot had been an alcoholic. He had worked as a taxi driver in the US and had come to India two years back to start his own business. He did not subscribe to any newspaper and used to get his milk from a nearby shop. So, none of the neighbours missed his presence.
As per the neighbours, Bhanot used to live alone and his friends and family seldom visited him. He did not mingle much with the other residents of the locality. So one one talked to him much. When the police came, the door was locked from inside.
The wife of Harish Sharma, the neighbour of the deceased who had informed the police, said, “Last evening, my husband and I were home and we noticed that foul smell was coming. We thought some rodent has died, so we cleaned our house. But, by the evening, the smell increased and then my husband noticed flies coming out from under the door of our neighbour and the window of his kitchen.”
She added, “We suspected that there was something wrong. So my husband dialled 100.”
The brother of the deceased, Sanjeev Kumar, who lives in Sector 32, is working with a Central government agency. His sister, who also lives in Chandigarh, came to his residence on Sunday night when his body was found.
Bhanot is survived by two children and wife who are currently in the US. The body is kept in the mortuary of GMSH-16. The police officers said the family of the deceased had been informed and was on its way to claim the body.