| Five persons who have been arrested in connection with the murder of businessman Amit Jaiswal at the Alamganj police station on Wednesday. Picture by Sachin |
Police on Wednesday recovered the body of businessman Amit Jaiswal, who went missing on March 14, from the Narkat Ghat area near the banks of the Ganga.
The police found Jaiswal’s body, stuffed in jute bags, from the river after it was washed ashore around 11am.
His family members identified the body. City superintendent of police Jayant Kant said Jaiswal was into “illegal trade”, which could have been a reason behind the murder.
Five persons have been arrested so far in connection with the case. Three persons — Kishan, Chotu and Jagdish — were detained earlier. Two persons — Rohit and the alleged mastermind Chandan Verma — were arrested on Wednesday evening. The police said two accused are absconding. Besides Jagdish, all are Jaiswal’s friends. Jagdish is the father of Rohit. Jaiswal was killed in Rohit’s house, the police said. The motive behind the murder could be illegal money transactions, said the police.
Kant said: “His throat was slit. We have been investigating the matter since the day he went missing. We got many leads that hint at his illegal associations. We have got the call details of Jaiswal’s cellphone. There are many on his phonebook with criminal pasts. Five people have been arrested.”
Senior officers had told The Telegraph a few days back that Jaiswal (28), who used to live with his family at Sakri Gali under the jurisdiction of Alamganj police station was “done away with”. Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj had said Jaiswal’s disappearance was not a kidnapping case but a murder.
During the initial probe, the police had traced Jaiswal’s call details and had zeroed in on a “friend” (Rohit) of the trader at Khajur Banna area under the jurisdiction of Sultanganj police station.
“On March 15, we had recovered Jaiswal’s motorcycle from Musallapur area of Patna City. The bike had bloodstains on it. When we came to know about the house at Khajur Banna, we conducted a raid. We again found blood trail in the house,” Kant said.
The forensic team collected the blood samples to match them with the bloodstains on Jaiswal’s bike. The police had then felt that Jaiswal was killed.
Kant added: “The three persons who were detained earlier broke down during interrogations. They also informed us about the site where Jaiswal’s body was dumped. The trader was killed in Rohit’s house. His body was then packed in jute bags and thrown away. We are trying to find out how his body was taken to the Narkat Ghat.”
The officer added that there could be a romance angle, too, in the case.
“There could be woman involved in the case. But we have to find concrete proof. One thing is sure that Jaiswal was involved in illegal activities and had close associations with history-sheeters. We have sent his body for post- mortem,” the city SP said.
Jaiswal’s family refused to speak after his body was found. He is the eldest among the three brothers and two sisters. He left home around 2.30pm on March 14 and thereafter, his mobile was found switched off.