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Father cries foul over son’s mysterious death in Virar

Suspects his son was poisoned, as no external injuries were found on his body

mumbai Updated: Oct 23, 2016 23:06 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
On 24 October, Paras Rathod’s body was found near the lobby of the Sheetal Nagar building in Virar.(HT Photo)

The father of a 44-year-old man whose body was found mysteriously near the lobby of a Virar building has alleged that his son has been murdered. The father has demanded justice and has appealed to the Virar police to investigate the matter seriously.

Laxmichand Rathod works as a caretaker at the Sambhavnath Jain temple in Virar and stays near the Jain temple premises with his family. On 24 October, the body of his 44-year-old son, Paras, was found near the lobby of the Sheetal Nagar building in Virar. A friend of the family’s who stays in the same building, suspected the body to be of Paras, and he sent a picture to Laxmichand on WhatsApp, who rushed to the spot and identified the body.

He immediately informed the Virar police, who took custody of the body and sent it to post mortem. On searching the body, the police found that all his personal belongings were missing, like his gold chain, ring,and bracelet. His wallet, which was supposed to have his PAN card, debit card,and cash was also empty. His mobile phone was also stolen,said Rathod. Paras’ bike was found parked near a hotel, a few metres away from the spot where his body was found.

Rathod suspects that his son has been murdered by poisoning, as no external injuries were found on his body. “Paras had divorced his wife 2 years ago and was leading a bachelor’s life, and was involved in a small time business,” said Rathod.

“My son was a straightforward man, and had no enemies. We are still in shock as to who could have murdered him,” he added.

It is reported that Paras was friendly with a married woman and the needle of suspicion is on her,said family members. A case of accidental death has been registered at Virar police station and investigations are on.

“We have sent this body to the Kalina Forensic lab and its report is awaited,along with the post mortem report,” said PSI J Thakur.

First Published: Oct 23, 2016 23:06 IST