KARJAT: More than a month and a half after a 29-year-old doctorate student of IIT-B was reported missing, his highly decomposed body was found in a valley in Karjat, about 70km away from Mumbai, on Friday. The deceased, Srinivas Bhoguraj, had set out on a solo trek on Sandshi hill on October 25, the police said.

Bhoguraj, who was originally from Guwahati, stayed in a hostel on the Powai campus. He was a fifth-year PhD student of electrical engineering.

The police said that he had made his last phone call to a friend at IIT to tell him about his trek to Sandshi hill. The next day when Bhoguraj failed to return, the friend tried calling him but could not reach him. That’s when he lodged a missing person’s complaint, said the police. His cell tower location showed his presence at Sandshi hill. A trekkers team from Nisarg Mitra, a non-profit body, the police and IIT-B officials scouted for the body but failed. Inspector R D Bhosale of Karjat police station said that tribals from the area stumbled upon the mortal remains.

His PAN card found at the spot helped identify him. His father, who was in Hyderabad, was informed. He identified the body, said the police. The father of the deceased could not be reached for comment.

The body has been sent to JJ Hospital for a post-mortem. Dean of students’ affairs at IIT-B, Soumyo Mukherji, said that the institute will wait for the forensic report for the identity of the deceased to be established.

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Source: TOI-MUM