Liquor shop salesman found dead, kin cries foul
LUCKNOW: A 30-year-old liquor shop salesman was allegedly murdered by some unidentified assailants who dumped his body on the roadside on the city outskirts in Gosaiganj area here on Wednesday. His car was found in a damaged condition, lying upside down near the spot.
The victim was identified as Banwari Lal Rawat, a resident of Teengaon village of Satrikh, Barabanki while his body was found in Fatehpur village of Gosaiganj police area of Lucknow. Police said the body was found barely 1.5 kilometres from his house located on Lucknow-Barabanki border.
His elder brother Indrapal Rawat told the police that Banwari Lal left the house to meet someone at Sainik Dhaba near Gangaganj locality in Gosaiganj at around 10pm. He said the victim had borrowed a Tata Zest car from his friend Suresh while leaving from his village and did not return.
“We first tried to contact him on his mobile phone but it was switched off after the first ring. Thereafter, multiple attempts were made to reach him and then we started searching for him at around 2am on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. It was then that the car was found lying upside down near Fathepur village and his body was found lying at some distance from the car,” he stated while narrating the incident to police.
He said his brother has been murdered and the car was damaged with an intention to make it look like an accident. He had lodged an FIR of murder against unidentified assailants with Gosaiganj police station in this connection.
Station officer of Gosaiganj police station, Ajai Prakash Tripathi said the post-mortem examination report of the deceased did not suggest any bullet wound or other weapon
injury. He said the cause of death was mentioned as asphyxia (i.e. death caused after being deprived of oxygen, which can result in unconsciousness or death). He said no clear reasons like strangulation or smothering was mentioned, so still there were doubts over the cause of
death. “The possibilities of accident or murder could not be ruled out yet and police are probing on both the lines to know the truth behind the incident. We will also consult the forensic experts to ascertain the exact cause of death before jumping to any final conclusion,” he said.