Lucknow: The body of a sub-inspector of the state police was recovered from a field in Sitapur, 88 km from Lucknow, late on Sunday evening.

Police said the man's service revolver was missing, though four cartridges were recovered from the holster. The 52-year-old policeman was in uniform, but the name tag, cap, identification card and mobile phone were missing.

Police fear that the sub-inspector may have fallen prey to robbers. There are also suspicions that the man may have been strangled to death elsewhere and the body later dumped in the field. Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar told reporters that the policeman was still to be identified. The body has been sent for post-mortem.


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