Ranchi, Feb. 22: A driver from Ranchi was found dead under mysterious circumstances from a hotel room in Deoghar during the intervening hours of Friday and Saturday.
Police said prima facie, it appeared the driver was suffocated to death, but no one had been arrested so far.
Kanhaiya Prasad (30), who used to drive a car owned by Indrapal Singh Ajmani, left the city with a passenger, Santosh Sharma, on February 18.
Santosh, who claimed to be a tourist and was staying in a Ranchi hotel, had hired the car for a trip to Deoghar via Ramgarh and Rajgir.
A resident of Shukla Colony in Doranda, Kanhaiya called her wife Soni the last time on February 19 night, and told her that he was in Deoghar.
However, he apparently went missing the next day with her wife failing to establish any contact with Kanhaiya.
Ranchi SP Manoj Ratan said a missing complaint was registered at Daily Market police station yesterday on the statement of Soni. “After the driver became incommunicado, we verified the photo identity card and the PAN card furnished by Santosh while hiring the car. They were fake,” said Ratan.
Meanwhile, Deoghar town police spotted an abandoned car in their locality yesterday afternoon. The driver was missing. Later, the police found his body from the room No. 10 of Hotel Vishnu in Deoghar town.
Town OC Devendra Paswan said, “Preliminary investigations suggest he was strangled to death by using a rope or cloth and the crime was committed hardly 24 hours before the body was found.”
The Deoghar police have initiated a murder case on the statement of Ajmani, a resident of Tharpakhana, Ranchi, who went to Deoghar this morning to help the cops. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination at the sadar hospital.
Ratan said the Ranchi police were looking for the person who had hired the vehicle.
“This is serious a case. Though murder case has been registered in Deoghar, we will assist our counterparts in the district as the crime originated from the city.”