Taxi driver found dead in Lucknow; autopsy reveals no significant injuries

LUCKNOW: A taxi driver was found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances in Dilkusha area of Cantonment early on Thursday.Identified as Rajesh Dwivedi, 42, the deceased, a resident of Transport Nagar, was found lying in the car parked on the roadside. Locals called police which in turn informed Dwivedi’s wife, Sheila.Sheila told police that Dwivedi left home on Wednesday evening for an assignment, but never returned. Dwivedi is survived by his wife and two teenage sons. He used to run the car as a private taxi in return for a fixed monthly payment.Police said that it could be an accident, but family alleged it to be a case of murder and lodged a complaint against unidentified persons.Deputy commissioner of police, East Zone, Prachi Singh said the police team found Dwivedi on the front left seat of the car, while his shoes were below the driving seat. “The car bonnet on the left was damaged. It appeared as the vehicle hit something. The tyre of the front left wheel was ripped apart exposing the rim. This happens only when a vehicle is driven with a punctured tyre for 2-3 km. It appears that the car collided with something after the tyre burst. Besides, the infotainment screen was broken.”However, the postmortem (PM) examination report and Sheila’s statements compounded the mystery.No significant injuries were found on the body during the autopsy, while the exact cause of death could not be ascertained. Police said that the heart has been preserved for further forensic investigation.In her complaint, Sheila said that her husband left home around 7pm on Wednesday, saying that he had to pick a client from the airport. “When he did not return by 10pm, I called him on his mobile phone, but it was not answered and later the phone was switched off. In the morning, I got a call from the police informing me about the incident. I noticed signs of struggle in the car and an injury mark on the neck. My husband also used to drive the same car as an escort of a state minister,” she added.Police investigation revealed that Dwivedi’s phone was missing from his car. The location of the car was traced with GPS which revealed that he came to the Dilkusha area around 11:40pm and then around 12:00am, he headed towards Cantonment, and around 1:20 am, he again came back to the same spot.

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