Shankar Pradhan, a middle-aged person was hacked to death on Saturday night in Siliguri. Pradhan’s body was found from his garage, in a pool of blood.
The assailant took his ATM cards, credit cards, mobile phone, gold ring and scooter before escaping. The family of the deceased lodged a complaint with the local police. Police initiated a murder case. However, caretaker of the garage, who was under the payroll of Pradhan’s transport company, is missing after the incident. The family alleged that the caretaker was the conspirator.
The police sent the body to autopsy. “Pradhan used to reach home around 10 pm. His wife called him up at around 11 pm on Saturday night, after he did not come home. His mobile phone was switched off. His wife then contacted the caretaker. But the caretaker said, Pradhan will be late,” said a police officer.
“Pradhan’s wife did not believe the caretakers words. She called up the neighbours and reached the garage. She used the alternative key to pull up the shutter of the garage and found her husband lying on the floor in a pool of blood. But she could not find his mobile phone, ATM cards and gold jewelleries and other important documents. She called up the police from there,” the officer added.Police are in search of the caretaker. “The caretaker was trying to confuse the wife of Pradhan. We think that he is the main culprit. He wanted to have Rs 5,000 cash from Pradhan. But Pradhan declined his demand recently. He may have killed him for that,” the officer added.