Former Samajwadi Party MP Kamlesh Balmiki (52) was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his home in Khurja, Bulandshahr, on Monday.

Khurja circle officer Gopal Singh told reporters that it appeared to be a case of poisoning, but details would be known only after the post-mortem.

The police said Balmiki’s nephew Lalit Balmiki had called them late Monday afternoon to inform that the former MP was lying dead in his room.

“His cousins had come down to check on him after he did not revert their calls. They had to force themselves through the first two doors, bolted from inside, before they could enter the room where Balmiki was lying dead,” said Bulandshahr Superintendent of Police Manish Mishra.

The SP said the house was bolted from inside, and it took four members of the family to open it. The iron gate of Balmiki’s room was also locked from inside, and the family members said they had to break open that.

Kamlesh Balmiki had won the Bulandshahr Lok Sabha election in 2009, and remained an MP until 2014.