A 48-year-old transporter was found dead on bed at his Golmuri home around midnight on Sunday.
Police suspect Harminder Singh committed suicide, though family members and colleagues say the successful businessman had no apparent reason for a death wish, spawning a murder theory. An initial autopsy report too has suggested death by poisoning. The type and source of the toxin is being ascertained.
According to family sources, Harminder’s wife Mandip Kaur took their daughter to a relative’s place on Sunday evening. The mother-daughter duo returned late to find the main door of their house in Golmuri development area locked from inside.
“They called for Harminder and knocked repeatedly, but there was no response. Neighbours were alerted and the door was broken open. Harminder was lying on his bed. Motionless,” said a family member, adding that doctors at Tata Main Hospital declared the transporter brought dead around 12.30am on Monday.
Police officer Umesh Singh at TMH camp thana said they had recorded the statement of Harminder’s widow and registered a case of unnatural death. “We will submit the statement to Golmuri police for further investigations into circumstances that led to the businessman’s death,” he said, adding that prima facie, it seemed to be suicide.
The transporter’s body was sent to MGM Medical College in Dimna for post-mortem. A reliable source in the department of forensic and toxicology at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi confirmed poisoning.
“He (Harminder) definitely died of toxin presence in his blood. But, whether he consumed poison on his own or someone poisoned him is a matter of investigation,” the source said.
He added that the viscera of the deceased had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Namkum, Ranchi, for chemical tests to ascertain the nature of poison and its possible source.
Relatives insisted that the businessman had no reason to commit suicide. “He was a happy and successful man. He had just one bad habit of binge drinking,” said one of them.
Mandip Kaur was in trauma and could not speak to the media. Fellow transporter Vinod Kumar Mishra, who lives in the same locality, echoed Harminder’s relatives.
“I knew him well and he was doing good in business. Maybe, there were domestic issues or something else. We can’t say much,” Mishra said while returning from his colleague’s cremation.