Shyam Sunder came out on the spacious balcony outside. Everyone else was busy inside the room, dancing, chatting and eating. He stood on the parapet, spread his arms in an wide arc and jumped. In utter disbelief a few rushed out to the balcony only to see the body going down and hitting the ground below with a thud. Blood and gore scattered everywhere. Siren of emergency vehicles could be heard at a distance.
When detective inspector Sharma arrived at the site, police had cordoned off around a hundred square feet area, body had been covered. After sending the body for postmortem, Sharma walked into the apartment. Host appeared wealthy from the size of the apartment. Food and half empty bottles of liquor and wine were lying on the table.
Preliminary questioning revealed that the gathering was organized to celebrate holi festival.Guests, mostly university students and a few had started their professional career, were all huddled together in groups and appeared shocked. Most guests came as a couple. Shyam had come alone.
A half empty plastic cup was found on balcony. Content did not smell of alcohol. He sent the cup and its content for analysis. He wondered if the boy was high on cannabis or bhang that is consumed during holi festival? Bhang may make peopel do strange things. Question, was where did this bhang come from in a party where most were drinking alcohol? Did someone spike Shyam’s drink with bhang? A case of suicide or homicide?
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