Meghalaya: Truck driver brutally murdered in West Garo Hills
TURA, Feb 16: In a horrific incident, a 25 year old truck driver was brutally murdered by unknown person/persons and his body was found lying about 60 kms from Paikan near Dollongre in West Garo Hills, this morning, with his head completely smashed in. Mystery shrouds over the murder case since the discovery of the body by villagers. Rai's body was later found.
Ram Nath Rai, who hails from the district of Samastipur in Bihar and lived in the Thakurbari area of Tura, bore deep wounds on his head, which most likely led to his death. His body was left near the village by his apparent murderer/s and the money he had on him along with a cell-phone has gone missing. The truck too was driven off the road. He was apparently killed in the early morning today.
After the incident was reported, policemen from the Jengjal outpost, about 14 kms away reached the spot early this morning. A formal inquest was done in the presence of a magistrate from the district of WGH, under which the village falls before the body was taken to Tura Civil Hospital for post mortem. The report is expected to be out tomorrow.
The truck bearing registration RJ- 23GA 4335 belongs to a local businessman, who is working on contract basis with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for supplying rice and other commodities to the FCI godowns of Tura and Williamnagar in EGH.
The truck, which included Rai and the handyman had left last morning for Bongaigaon FCI depot for bringing supply materials to Tura.
"Till about 9 pm last night, the truck was near the Paikan in Assam's Goalpara along the NH 31 along with 2-3 more trucks that had left from Tura at the same time. The drivers had all got down to eat food after which most of them slept there itself. However this truck was moving but in the wrong direction from its destination," said a relative of Rai.
Interestingly, the yet to be indentified handyman, who was allegedly there along with the driver has gone missing ever since the incident. He is suspected to be from the village of Kathalbari near Garobadha in SWGH.
Speaking on the murder, the superintendent of police, Mukesh Singh said that the police were awaiting the PM report before ascertaining the cause of death.
"There has been severe head injury but we are yet to ascertain whether the wound is of a bullet or something else. The victim had spoken to his brother last night saying he was in Paikan but why they had to come back to WGH when they were going towards Bongaigaon in Assam, is something that is under investigation and will only be ascertained after investigation," said Singh.