The McLeodganj murder case has taken a new turn as the body has been identified as that of a local taxi operator, Sanjay Kumar, from Dharnu village, near Dharamsala. Sanjay Kumar had been missing for the past few days.

His parents alleged that they had lodged a police complaint but police officials did not take his missing report seriously. Then deceased parents met the Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor and requested him to intervene in the matter. The minister called up the police officials who got the matter probed.

The police connected the incident with a missing car bearing a Dharamsala number that was impounded by the Bharatgarh police in Ropar district of Punjab. The car was found abandoned on the road by the police.

Later, it was found that the car belonged to the deceased, the police said. The accused in the case allegedly took away the car of Sanjay after killing him and abandoned it in the Bharatgarh area of Punjab. It seems that the accused allegedly killed Sanjay with sharp-edged weapons and then dumped his body in the guest house.

According to the records of the Kunga guest house in which the body was recovered, a person named as Uzair Bashir, checked in alone in the guest house on February 26. In the entry records of the guest house, he has declared Shalimar as his residential address, which was suspected to be some place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Guest house staff informed the police that they had seen Uzair Bashir there till last evening. However, none of them has identified the other person, who was found dead in the room taken by Uzair Bashir.

The police was earlier relying on the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the guest house to identify the accused in the case. The police had taken the footage of the CCTV cameras into its custody. From the way the room booked and the body was dumped, the police was suspecting the involvement of locals in the case.