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Missing cleaner found dead after a fortnight

The police said Thakur did not return home from work on March 13and his wife registered a missing person complaint on March 15.

Mumbai |
Updated: March 29, 2014 3:14:59 am

A cleaner with a public toilet in Ghatkopar, who had been missing since March 13, was found dead Thursday.
His severely decomposed body was pulled out of a borewell next to the toilet after which Pant Nagar police registered a complaint of murder based on some stab injuries on his body.

According to police, the deceased has been identified as Niraj Thakur (35), who used to work at a public toilet in the Saubhagya Sahakar Market in Ghatkopar (east) and stayed close to his workplace.

The police said Thakur did not return home from work on March 13 and after trying to find or reach him for two days, his wife registered a missing person complaint with the Pant Nagar police on March 15.

On Thursday night, residents of the area noticed a foul stench coming from the direction of the toilet and decided to investigate. While trying to trace the source of the stench, they opened a six-foot deep borewell next to the toilet and saw the body floating in the water, after which they called the Pant Nagar police station around 11 pm on Thursday. A police team rushed to the spot and pulled out the body, which was then taken to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar for post mortem examination. Thakur’s family identified the body based on the clothes he was wearing.

“There is a stab injury on his neck, which suggests murder, although the rest of the body is too decomposed for a preliminary examination to be able to detect any injuries. We have registered a complaint of murder and attempting to destroy evidence under the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons and are conducting further inquiries into the matter,” said senior inspector Suresh Nirmal of Pant Nagar police station.

The police are currently recording statements from Thakur’s family and friends in order to establish a possible motive behind his killing, which could help in identifying suspects in the case.

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