NHAI consultant killed, family recalls Satyendra Dubey case
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The family members were told that Thomas was suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest, and that he had complained of chest pain when he left office the previous day. They were told that Thomas's driver had called him in the morning as usual, but did not receive any answer. According to phone records, the driver made the first call at 8:41 am, and then at 10:36 am. The phone records showed two more calls from two different numbers. Some office staff then broke into Thomas's flat, and reportedly found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
But the accident register (4568082) at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital recorded that Thomas was brought in at 12:45 pm by Anil John, the project manager, who reportedly informed the hospital authorities that he was found hanging.
The doctors noted that there was a ligature mark on his neck and his tongue was protruding, indicating a case of strangulation. A case was registered (1610/12) at the B-4 Race Course Police Station, Coimbatore, under Section 174 of CrPC (suicide or suspicious death). Last week, the autopsy report confirmed that Thomas had been murdered.
"The main door of the flat has a self-locking system if the button on the knob is pressed on exit. The inside latch was not locked. This means whoever murdered my father came in with his permission and also knew how the lock system worked. It is a clear indication that someone known to my father is involved in the crime," said Suraj.
"We are following some leads. The SIT is interrogating everyone who was in touch with Thomas or dealt with the project. However, as of now there is nothing to show that the manager or others suspected by the relatives would benefit from the murder. So far, we have not been able to establish a motive," said Inspector T H Ganesan, who is heading the special team probing the case.