Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

Mumbai GRP summons DRI official over customs official’s suicide

Mumbai: The Mumbai GRP Tuesday summoned a senior official from the DRI for inquiry into the alleged suicide of Customs official.

A man committed suicide by jumping in front of train.Representative photo

A man committed suicide by jumping in front of train.
Representative photo

The deceased customs Appraiser, Rishi Ranjan’s mutilated body had been found near Khandeshwar railway tracks on Saturday morning. The family suspects Ranjan was “killed” and did not commit suicide.

Sources in the Mumbai GRP said that the senior DRI official is understood to have claimed that Ranjan was held responsible in the cigarette smuggling case based on the statement made to DRI by the other accused arrested in the case. The accused had alleged that the Customs appraiser was working along with them on the Rs 4.24 crore heist.

Incidentally, the JNPT Customs official, who had been questioned on Monday, is understood to have told the Mumbai railway police that departmental action was taken against Ranjan and he had been suspended on July 29 based on the report submitted by the DRI.

The Mumbai railway police said they are cross-verifying the statements of the officials from Customs and the DRI and on Wednesday they will summon another senior DRI official for his statement.

Relatives of the deceased will be called later for their statements as they are in mourning at present.

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