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Mystery of trader’s death deepens

Bhopal: Mystery surrounding the death of garments trader cum money-lender Navneet Agrawal (43), got deeper on Sunday when Congress leader and a close relative of the deceased Manak Agrawal said that eyewitnesses have come forward to say that there was another person in the car with Navneet at the time of his death.

bhopal Updated: Dec 11, 2017 20:46 IST
Bhopal, India - Dec. 10, 2017: Relatives and traders paying tributes during a condolence meet for Navneet Agrawal who was found dead inside his car, in Bhopal, India, on Sunday, December 10, 2017. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)
Bhopal, India - Dec. 10, 2017: Relatives and traders paying tributes during a condolence meet for Navneet Agrawal who was found dead inside his car, in Bhopal, India, on Sunday, December 10, 2017. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Mystery surrounding the death of garments trader cum money-lender Navneet Agrawal (43), got deeper on Sunday when Congress leader and a close relative of the deceased Manak Agrawal said that eyewitnesses have come forward to say that there was another person in the car with Navneet at the time of his death.

Police had earlier said that at the time of his death Navneet was alone in his car, and it was most probably a case of suicide, while the family members and friends are saying that it was a case of murder. They suspect that someone who owed big money to Navneet poisoned him. Police had so far been saying that it was a case of suicide because there were no injury marks on the body or signs of struggle in the car. The short postmortem report showed that he had died of celphos poisoning.

Navneet’s body was found in the back seat of his car on Friday morning at Peepalner village near MP Pathya Pustak Nigam warehouse. Police found an empty liquor bottle, an open pouch of celphos powder, disposable glass and a sealed insecticide gel.

The death had shocked the entire city and especially the trading community as Navneet had a whole-sale and retail garment’s shop in New Market area, one of the main market areas of the city.

At his condolence meeting on Sunday fellow shopkeepers and friends said they were unwilling to accept that Navneet had committed suicide. “He was always jolly and committing suicide was against his character. Though it is true that he had to take money from some people, it was part of business and cannot be a reason for committing suicide,” said an office-bearer of the New Market Traders Association.

Also the presence of a black gypsy four-wheeler with four people inside, seen near Navneet’s car by several villagers, still remains an enduring mystery. “Who owns this vehicle? Who were the people inside it? The person who was with Navneet in the car left the place in the gypsy, which before had circled Navneet’s car thrice before leaving the area. I have full faith but this aspect should be investigated,” said Agrawal.

DIG Santosh Singh said they were investigating all angles. “We have not ruled out anything. We will take statements of the family and friends and also eyewitnesses and we will proceed according to the evidence we get.”