"We have found a country made pistol in the right hand of the deceased". Why he had left the bag of cash at his friend's house is also unclear. No suicide note has been recovered so far, the police said.
Romil Baaniya said prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide, Khan's family said they suspected foul play as the body was found in the same neighbourhood where his female friend, also a hockey player, lives.
Police sources said that Khan went to the woman's house in Sarojini Nagar to meet her but couldn't do so. "The cousin said that the bag and the phone were at their house, claiming first that they found it somewhere and then that Rizwan himself kept it there and left in a rush", Riyazuddin was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
The female friend is now in Bhopal, Baaniya said.
In a shocking turn of events, hockey player Rizwan Khan, who has represented Delhi at the national level, was found lying dead inside his vehicle in the wee hours, raising speculations as to whether it was a murder or a suicide. "He left our home noon on Monday".
When he didn't return till late, his family called on his number and her cousin answered, but refused to give their address. According to the police, the auto was found near the residence of one of his friends in south Delhi.
After repeated requests, Rizwan's family members got a call from the friend's house to come and collect the bag. Later, around 10:30 pm, he allegedly shot himself dead in his Swift auto parked outside the house of the friend, said the police.
Rizwan's father and other family members reached the given address at Sarojni Nagar and found his body in the auto.
Rizwan allegedly killed himself after meeting a girl, who is also a hockey player and stays with her family in Sarojini Nagar, said police. "We think he was killed and then the body was kept in the auto afterwards as there were no bloodstains inside", said Shareef Khan, an MTNL employee.