Tracing from the Chandimandir toll plaza slip, the local police identified the truck driver as Ratan Patel whose body was found near a brick kiln on Sunday morning.
On Monday, the police have also identified the owner of the truck and also have ar rested Patel’s murderers. Earlier, the police were not able to trace the identity of the body.
“We found the toll plaza slip in Patel’s pocket. The slip was issued at 10.52pm on Saturday. Patel was murdered by stabbing with a knife in the neck at around 2am on Sunday. His body was found around 9.30am. As we got the clue that Patel could be a truck driver, we traced the number at Pipli toll plaza and in the CCTV footage, we saw the truck owner’s numbers on the vehicle,” said sub-inspector Deepak Sharma, station house officer (SHO) of Raipur Rani police station.
The SHO added, “We called up the owner of the truck, a resident of Delhi. He told us that his driver Patel would be on his way to Delhi-Faridabad with load of cement.”
The police traced out Patel’s fellow drivers who were travelling along with him on Saturday. On questioning, Pradeep alias Sonit, resident of Gohana, Virender and Harinder, residents of Hathras (Uttar Pradesh), said they had killed Patel after arguments at a roadside eatery. “After the arguments, the accused who were travelling in other trucks, stopped Patel and stabbed him with a knife. The knife was also recovered lying close to Patel’s body,” added Sharma.