The 36-year-old man was found dead near the Bahai School area of Tadoing, Gangtok on April 10 Credit: File image

Gangtok: The Sikkim police have successfully solved the case of a 36-year-old man who was found dead at Gairigaon, Tadong near the Bahai School area of Gangtok in East Sikkim on April 10.

According to the police, the murder had taken place due to personal enmity and had no political connection or intervention whatsoever.

“There were many suspects in the case. Among them was Arjun Chaudhary (20) from Jhapa, Nepal who was absconding from the day the crime had occurred. Based on a tip-off, we arrested him from Rangpo border on April 11,” said a police source.

The source further said that during the interrogation, Chaudhary, who was then living in Lingding in East Sikkim, confessed to the crime and said that it was a planned murder as the deceased had tried to rob his money and they got involved in a fight almost an hour before the incident happened.

The weapon of offence, a ‘Bamphok’ (sharp weapon), has been recovered. The accused has been sent to judicial custody.

On April 10, the victim, Panchadhan Rai aka Jonah, was found dead with sharp injuries on his head. Jonah was a driver by profession, as per reports.

As per the initial investigation, the deceased had multiple head injuries due to which his skull got damaged and this eventually led to his death. There were no signs of struggle and no external injuries on other parts of the body. His earphone was plugged in at that time and his clothes were found to be intact.

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