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Tuesday , August 26 , 2014
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Driver found dead in Bengal

The 28-year-old Jamshedpur-based driver of a rental car was found dead with stab wounds in Purulia district of neighbouring Bengal on Monday, 48 hours after he left his house for ferrying a passenger to an unknown destination.

Mohammed Zamaluddin, a resident of Millatnagar in Jugsalai, earned a living by driving an SUV belonging to Tahir Ansari, who stays in the same locality. A local youth, Akhtar Ali, had arranged a customer for Zamaluddin on Saturday morning. He left around 11am, never to return.

His SUV was found abandoned at the parking space of Hatikheda Temple in Patamda on Sunday evening, while his body was recovered from Bagmundi in Purulia, about 120km from Jamshedpur, around 9am on Monday.

Officer-in-charge of Jugsalai police station Ashok Giri said: “Information gathered by us till now says that Zamaluddin had received an assignment to take a passenger to either Patamda or Purulia on Saturday, but he went missing. Late last night (Sunday), we got to know that he had been murdered somewhere in Purulia. We were in constant touch with Purulia police, who discovered the body at Bagmundi on Monday. He appears to have been fatally stabbed, but the exact cause of his death will be known only after the post-mortem.”

A shocked Imanuddin said that Zamaluddin, while stepping out of his Jugsalai home on Saturday, had told wife Shamma Tarannum that he would be back by 3pm. “But when he did not return home till late in the night, I lodged a missing complaint at Jugsalai thana. We came to know about his abandoned SUV around 10.30pm on Sunday. This morning, we were informed by Jugsalai police that his body was found from Bagmundi,” said the bereaved brother.

According to Imanuddin, his brother, a father of two, did not have enmity with anyone.

Police, however, are suspecting the involvement of some Jugsalai youths.

According to the OC, Zamaluddin might have been abducted and murdered. “Though the motive behind the murder is not clear, we suspect that a personal enmity with some local youths might have been at the centre of the crime. Ali, who had arranged the passenger for Zamaluddin, is on our suspect list along with one Bittu, a resident of Adityapur, who had apparently boarded the SUV from Jugsalai. But both are now traceless,” Giri revealed, adding that they had deployed a team to find out the duo.

Deputy superintendent of police, Patamda, Amit Kumar Singh, under whose jurisdiction Hatikheda Temple falls, said the SUV was found parked along with other vehicles on Sunday. “The vehicle’s key was intact in its place. As there was no claimant to the car, some local residents living near the temple informed police about it,” he said.

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