40-year-old aide of gang­ster DK Rao found dead in Sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

MUMBAI: A 40-year-old man who was a close aide of gang­ster DK Rao was found dead at his SionKoli­wada res­i­dence on Fri­day.

The Wadala TT po­lice found that Marimuthu Periyaswami Deven­dra alias TP Raja’s throat was slit with a sharp ob­ject and sus­pect he died ow­ing to blood loss. A mur­der case has been reg­is­tered. Cops sus­pect the mur­der was a re­sult of some ri­valry.

Raja, who has 17 cases against him across Mumbai, lived alone at the rented flat in a Mhada colony in Sion-koliwada. “Dur­ing pri­mary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we found two per­sons en­tered his home be­tween 3-3.30pm and slit his throat. The ac­cused and vic­tim prob­a­bly had a scuf­fle. They fled the spot af­ter latch­ing the door. Few lo­cals had seen the ac­cused with blood stains on their clothes,” said an of­fi­cer.

Raja was al­legedly alive for a while af­ter the at­tack and tried to call out for help. “In the build­ing’s CCTV footage, we found one of the ac­cused try­ing to start a bike. As it did not start, the ac­cused left it and ran,” said an­other of­fi­cer. Raja had been work­ing for a builder un­der whom a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment pro­ject was go­ing on. “He had va­cated more than 500 houses by threat­en­ing peo­ple. There were two to three groups help­ing the builder and one of them could be in­volved in the mur­der,” said an of­fi­cer. FAISAL TANDEL

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