An autorickshaw driver who should have been behind bars till Monday for drink driving was found murdered in the Gamdevi area of south Mumbai on the same day.
Last week, Razak Ghani, 47, was caught by the traffic police from the Sion traffic chowkie allegedly for driving under the influence of alcohol. Ghani, a resident of Cheetah Camp in Trombay, was produced in court on Friday and was sentenced to three days’ simple imprisonment.
However, when Ghani’s family went to Byculla jail on Monday, they were told he was released two days ago. The officers at Sion traffic chowkie told them the same thing. Later in the day, the family received a call from the Gamdevi police asking them to come to Nair hospital and identify Ghani’s body.
According to the police, patrolling constable Mohan Bhosale, 41, found Ghani’s body around 11.35am near the main gate of Sukhsagar Tower located on NS Patkar Marg. On checking his clothes, the police found an identification card and informed his family.
Police claimed that Ghani had been hit with a heavy object on his torso, which may have led to his death. “There were several injuries on his body which indicate that he was murdered. We are now trying to trace the accused and the motive behind the murder,” said Pradip Lonandkar, senior inspector, Gamdevi police station. He said a case of murder had been registered against an unidentified person.
However, Ghani’s family suspect some foul play. “He was supposed to be in jail till Monday. Why was he released on Saturday? The police are not answering any of our questions,” said MK Qureshi, a relative. “We suspect that he was beaten up by the police. There is something suspicious in this case,” he alleged. Despite repeated attempts, authorities from Byculla jail were not available for comment.