Auto driver found dead; kin suspect murder

Bengaluru City

An autorickshaw driver was found dead opposite Veeresh theatre on Magadi Road at around 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The body of Umesh S. Naidu, 31, was found on the stairs of Lakshmi Auto Agency. The left side of his face seemed to be badly thrashed, the police said. 

Brijesh Mathew, inspector, Govindrajnagar police station, said: “We have send the body for post-mortem. After the result (comes), we can know if it was a homicide or an accident. According to 3-4 eye witnesses, there is a possibility that he was drunk. We visited the site. The stairs are narrow. He might have tripped on them.”

Umesh’s family went to the police station to file a complaint. His brother Vinod said: “He left home at 9 last night. In the morning, we received a call from the police station. We are waiting for our lawyer to file a complaint. We think someone hit him. You can’t get that badly injured after falling from the stairs.”

A police sub-inspector said Umesh was  mentally unstable and undergoing treatment at NIMHANS.

Harsha S, an accountant at Laxmi Auto Agency, informed The Observer: “We reached the shop in the morning, but the police told us not to open it today. So we went back. We don’t know anything about the murder.”


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