THE BODY of a transport operator was found inside his car in a secluded spot near the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-I) campus, Pigdamber Rau today.
According to Rajendra Nagar police the deceased 55-year old Mohammed Iliyas of Ashok Nagar, Manikbagh area owns a bulk transport company Gurukripa Transport located in 37, Transport Nagar and has six oil tankers.
His body was found strangulated to death in his Maruti Swift (MP-09 MA-7999) lying abandoned after presumably getting stuck on the dirt track about 30-ft from the main road going towards Pithampur.
Though the car was a little distance away from the main gate of IIM-I, the guards posted there and passer-bys merely thought it to be stuck in the mud on the highly undulated track and the body was not discovered until a curious someone from the village peered into the car and saw the body.
The police reached the spot at about 12 pm and found the body lying on the back seat. Most of the articles were lying as it is with a tobacco pouch on the seat near the head of the body and while the kurta was on the body, the pyjama and underwear were slipped down to the knees. The body bore injury mark on the testicle and had a piece of rope hanging on the neck.
The police recovered a suitcase full of documents, a mobile with no sim card, an empty mobile cover, a sim inside a plastic box and a driving license from which his identity was established and his family members were traced and informed.
The deceased had divorced his wife three years back and of the two sons (both adults) one was living with his mother while the other was living with him. It is being said that he also had a daughter who is married but this information was unconfirmed. The two sons along with a business associate and a close friend of the deceased, a Sikh gentleman, reached the spot and identified their father.
The sons said their father was about to finalise a deal and had left his office at about 8 pm yesterday saying that he was going for disbursing payment and had an estimated sum of Rs 4 lakh in cash with him of which Rs 2.5 lakh were given by his Sikh friend.
As the amount mentioned was not found in the car and the vehicle itself was found abandoned at such a place, the police believe that he was murdered elsewhere and the murderer(s) were trying to take his body somewhere else but as their vehicle got stuck in the mud they abandoned it, while decamping with the booty.
The other line of investigation based on circumstantial evidence, the position of the clothes on the body, tobacco pouch and secluded spot believe the deceased could have been lured into a trap for begetting sexual favour and later strangulated for money.