MYSTERY SHROUDS the death of Electricity Safety Directorate (ESD) junior engineer Jagdish Prasad, who was found shot dead right outside his Gomti Nagar office late on Wednesday evening.
His colleagues did not inform the police about the incident and took the body straight to the KGMU Trauma centre on Wednesday evening. The officials left the body at the mortuary and informed the family members late in the night. The police were informed about the incident on Thursday morning.
The incident came to light around 8.15 pm when ESD watchman M Prasad Bhual spotted Prasad (47) lying outside the office. Blood was oozing out from Prasad’s chest and his motorcycle was parked close by.
Bhual immediately informed assistant director Shishir Srivastava, who rushed to the scene. Director VK Khanna and president of the ESD employees’ union Surendra Srivastava too were informed about the incident. Prasad was rushed to the Trauma centre where he was declared brought dead. The medicos stated that victim had suffered bullet injury in his chest.
Surprisingly, the ESD officials brought the body back to the office for reason better known to them only. However, senior officials immediately asked them to take the body to trauma centre. The body was again taken to the hospital. The officials, in#cluding Shishir Srivastava and Surendra, later left the body at the mortuary and reached straight to Prasad’s house at 13, Patel Nagar locality in Ghazipur. At around 00.45 am they informed Prasad’s wife Anita that Prasad had met with an accident and was admitted at the trauma centre.
She rushed to the hospital where she was told that her husband had died of bullet injury. As Anita was alone with her children Vicky (15) and Dolly (10), she called up her father Durga Prasad in Kanpur. Durga Prasad reached here later and informed the Gomti Nagar police about the incident around 6.30 am.
It was then that the cops swung into action and carried out the formalities of post-mortem examination late in the noon.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Durga Prasad alleged that he and his daughter (Anita) had doubts on Prasad’s colleagues.
Durga Prasad said he had seen fresh bruises on union president Surendra Srivastava’s hands, which indicated that the latter could have had a fight with Prasad over some dispute.
Anita revealed that her husband was posted at the zonal office of the ESD and was transferred here from Allahabad four years back. Prasad, who belonged to Faizabad, had got his own house constructed one-and-half years back at Patel Nagar.
The family members could not think of any concrete reason which could have led to Prasad’s murder.