Miss­ing driver found mur­dered at Taloja

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A 35-year-old driver from Vikhroli, who went miss­ing on June 11, was found mur­dered at Mi­tal vil­lage in Taloja on Tues­day evening.

Some vil­lagers spot­ted the body at an iso­lated spot and in­formed the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Ankush Cha­van, who drove tourists’ ve­hi­cle, left home for work on Satur­day morn­ing. How­ever he did not re­turn home. His fam­ily mem­bers reg­is­tered a miss­ing per­son’s case with the po­lice.

“Around 5pm on Tues­day, the body was found in our area. We iden­ti­fied him from the doc­u­ments we re­cov­ered from his pock­ets. He had se­vere in­jury marks on its stom­ach. The body was de­com­posed and so we have not been able to as­cer­tain how he was mur­dered,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Taloja po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice sent the body to Pan­vel ru­ral hospi­tal for post mortem and then handed it to his fam­ily. The post-mortem re­ports are yet to come.

“The rea­son be­hind the mur­der is yet to be as­cer­tained. Per­sonal en­mity could be a mo­tive of the crime. We are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and hope to solve it soon,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tions 302 (pun­ish­ment for mur­der) and 201 (caus­ing dis­ap­pear­ance of ev­i­dence of of­fence, or giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to screen of­fender) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) against the uniden­ti­fied ac­cused.

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