NEW DELHI, Jan. 12 -- In October last year, as the winter season was about to set in, Kajal Gupta had come to her mother's house in Dabri. There she would often sit out on the pile of earth in the flat's third floor balcony and have food while soaking in the sun. Little did she know that she was sitting on the corpse of a software engineer, which lay buried below, she said on Friday.

The engineer's body was recovered on October 8 last year, almost three years after he was killed, when Gupta and her family members requested their landlord, 86-year-old Vikram Singh, to get the balcony of their flat renovated. During the renovation, when the boundary of the balcony was demolished, labourers found human skeletal remains. The man was later iden...