Two days after the body of city businessman Mukesh Jaiswal was found dumped in a ditch near Jessore Road,police have said the deceased was with people known to him hours before he was murdered.
An hour after he boarded a taxi from Salt Lake,his mobile signals showed New Town,a complete detour from his usual route to his new restaurant in Shakespeare Sarani,where he was headed to. His wife called him around 8 pm on his cell phone. She could hear a lot of noise in the background and he told her he was busy and would call back. She was the last person to speak to him, a police officer said. Hospital authorities said the postmortem showed Jaiswal was first hit by a blunt and heavy object on his head and then strangulated to death.
Reconstruction of events on Sunday by relatives and friends show that after lunch,Jaiswal visited City Center with wife Pooja and their one-month-old child Yuvraj around 3 pm. When his restaurant Kaafila closed after lunch,he met a close business aide there and the two probably had a meeting for more than an hour. After this,he shopped with his wife in Block A of the mall and prepared to leave the place around 6 pm. Outside the mall,Jaiswal told his wife to go home in the car while he boarded a cab to go to Shakespere Sarani.
His body was identified on Tuesday evening,a day after it lay in the morgue as police claimed it to be an unidentified body.
On Monday morning itself,we have circulated around 250 photos of Mukesh to all police stations and the CID. How could they have not identified his body? How can they conduct a postmortem without trying to identify it? asked an angry relative waiting outside the morgue of R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. Angry relatives have demanded a CID inquiry into the case. Though a CID team visited the place where the body was found and spoke to officials of the Airport police station,its not yet clear if the agency has taken up the case.
Jaiswals business associate he met on Sunday was the last person to see him alive. Relatives have alleged that the associate had bruise marks on his face on Monday indicating he could have been involved in a scuffle on Sunday. Meanwhile,police have questioned some of the partners of Jaiswal but have not been able to find a motive for the murder. All the jewellery he was wearing,his mobile phones and his wallet are still missing, police said.
Relatives got Jaiswals body on Wednesday. It was taken to his home in Rajarhat and then to his workplace in City Center before it was cremated in the evening. The cremation was delayed as there was a discrepancy in the death certificate and the body disposal order.
Meanwhile,Special IG (Presidency range) Soumen Mitra said,We are looking into the background of the person,his business and people who were his partners. We have to see if he had any debts or people owned him money to ascertain the motive of the crime, he said.