October 24, 2020

Top PMC officer found dead on railway tracks

PATNA: Police recovered the mutilated body of Uday Krishna, 59, additional municipal commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday from the tracks near Gulzarbagh railway station in the city around 6.30am. Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said the family members of the officer have lodged an FIR alleging foul play.

Uday, a special secretary-rank officer of Bihar Administrative Service (BAS), was set to superannuate on July 31 this year. He had left his house at Vidyapuri under Patrakar Nagar police station area in Patna around 9.30pm on Tuesday. The SSP said when the officer did not return home for a long time, his wife Divya Kumari filed a missing person’s complaint with the police station.

“Before leaving the house, Uday told his wife that he would return within ten minutes after meeting a person. However, he did not return home even after two hours. As his cellphone was switched off, his wife panicked and reported the matter to the police,” the SSP said. “Investigations are on to ascertain the exact reason behind the incident,” Maharaaj said. He added that no suicide note was recovered from the spot. “We are probing the case from different angles, including suicide,” Maharaaj said.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar, a close relative of Uday, claimed that the latter was under pressure as his official responsibilities were given to somebody else by the concerned authorities. “Uday had differences with a newly appointed senior PMC official,” Kumar told TOI outside the post mortem room of Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Uday is survived by his wife, ailing mother and two children. His son works in Bengaluru and daughter in Pune. Uday’s younger brother Abhay Krishna is an advocate at Patna high court.

SHO of Patrakar Nagar police station Sanjeet Kumar Sinha said Uday’s body was spotted by railway workers. “The body was identified on the basis of a voter identity card recovered from the spot. Uday’s broken cellphone was also recovered,” the SHO added.

Meanwhile, the Bihar Administrative Service Association (BASA) has urged CM Nitish Kumar to order an impartial inquiry into the case. BASA president Sushil Kumar alleged that the circumstances under which Uday’s body was found, suggested it was a case of murder.

Courtesy: TNN

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