Liquor shop sales­man found dead, kin cries foul

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Spotlight - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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