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Hyderabad gold merchant found murdered in car

Staff Reporter

Sensational killing apparently to steal 6 kg of gold

HYDERABAD: A jeweller, who went missing mysteriously from Mehdipatnam on Tuesday night after purchasing six kg of gold, was found murdered at Gachibowli in the early hours of Wednesday.

The murder of Devakinandan, 55, apparently committed for stealing the huge gold he was carrying, came as a jolt to the city police who were already struggling to solve the daring daytime robbery committed at Nampally three days ago.

The sensational killing that drove jewellery shop owners to down their shutters as a mark of protest unfolded on Tuesday evening when the gold merchant drove alone to the Mineral and Metal Trading Corporation (MMTC) in his car. Owner of Bhagawati jewellery shop in Domalguda, the businessman was a registered client of the MMTC and used to regularly buy bullion.

Accompanied by two MMTC officials, he went to the nearby UTI bank and completed formalities of submitting the cheque. However, delivery of the gold was reportedly delayed by an hour as adequate stock was not found in the bank's strong room. On receiving the gold, he dropped the MMTC officials at their office.

"He was last seen at the MMTC building dropping them and disappeared mysteriously afterwards," Central Zone DCP B. Srinivasulu said. His family members sensed danger as he did not return home till 7 p.m. and approached the Humayunnagar police. A hunt began for the missing merchant on Tuesday and a police team of Chandanagar spotted the car parked at Gachchibowli around 3 a.m. The police found him lying dead with his head stumbled to a side in the driver's seat. There were no injuries on the body. But, part of his forehead got blackened and nails and tips of fingers turned blue. Though the gold was taken away, his mobile phone was found on his body. No fingerprints could be collected from the car. The police found a bottle with some chemical in the car. They suspect the victim was poisoned to death. "We are waiting for post-mortem report," the DCP said. He ruled out the possible involvement of the same gang behind the murder and robbery at Nampally.

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