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75-year-old cloth merchant found dead inside shop in Ghaziabad, help missing

The 21-year-old help was hired without a police verification by the trader who runs a shop at Maliwara market.

noida Updated: Sep 27, 2017 13:28 IST
Preety Acharya
Preety Acharya
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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The trader was allegedly murdered inside his showroom in Maliwara market, Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A 75-year-old cloth merchant was found dead inside his shop early on Tuesday morning at the Maliwara market. The trader, identified as Rajendra Kumar, suffered a head injury, police said.

Kumar’s residence is on the first floor of his shop. The entrance to the house is through a staircase which goes from inside the shop. He lived alone as his wife had died a year ago.

Police said Kumar spent the first half of his day at the shop where he sold sarees and went home to rest in the afternoon.

In the night, Kumar used to go to his daughter Sonia’s house. She stayed 200 metres from Kumar’s shop-cum-residence, police said.

After the incident, the domestic help has been missing and police are probing his role in the trader’s death. The 21-year-old domestic help is from a village close to Ghaziabad, the police were told by Kumar’s neighbours. The police have launched a manhunt to nab the 21-year-old.

The domestic help had reportedly started working for Kumar just five days ago. No police verification of the help was done by Kumar or his family.

On Monday, Kumar left his daughter’s house around 7.30am to open the shop. In the evening, when he didn’t reach home till 8pm, his family members went to check at his shop.

“When we went to look for my father, we found him lying dead and he was bleeding from his head and hands. It looked as if he was attacked with a knife. We can’t suspect anybody as he didn’t have enmity with anybody,” said Sonia, daughter of the deceased.

Sonia added that they found a rope and a pair of slippers which didn’t belong to the deceased. Kumar was found lying dead on the stairs to his house. The police were informed about the incident around 11.30 pm.

“We are on the lookout for the domestic help as he has been missing since the incident took place. Kumar’s family didn’t even know his name. We keep asking people to do the police verification, but they don’t take required measures to avoid such incidents,” said Atish Kumar, circle officer.

No CCTV camera was installed inside or outside the shop so visual evidence has not been found by police.

Police are expecting to make an arrest by Wednesday. “We have sent our teams and we are expecting to arrest the accused,” added Atish.

According to police, Kumar did not have having uch stock of sarees in his shop but he used to go there every day to spend time. “We have been informed by neighbours that Kumar was not buying any new stock as he just wanted to while away his time. The help used to get him food and sit with him,” Atish said.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 13:28 IST