A motorcyclist in India died Monday after a hitchhiking stranger injected him with poison.
The incident took place in the southern state of Telangana. The victim, identified as 46-year-old Shaikh Jamal Saheb from Bopparam village, was on his way to meet his daughter, who lived in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, when the incident took place, the Indian Express reported.
When Saheb reached a village, a stranger stopped his vehicle and asked to hitch a ride. After climbing on, the unidentified man injected a substance into one of Saheb’s thighs.
The victim then managed to get off the vehicle and flee the scene. After running for a while, he called his family to tell them about the incident. While narrating the story, the victim fell unconscious.
Passersby, who spotted the unconscious Saheb, rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Doctors at the hospital said the poison had spread throughout his body, and was likely the cause of his death.
“Jamal was brought in by two men around 10 am. He was in an unconscious state and was sweating profusely. By the time we finished checking his vitals, he collapsed,” a doctor at the hospital told the News Minute.
An official cause of death could be revealed only after an autopsy.
The local police were informed about the incident, following which they launched an investigation. The police also found the syringe, which was used to inject the poison into Saheb’s body.
“An empty syringe was found near the crime scene and the samples have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for testing. Only after the results come will we know whether the same syringe was used to inject the victim and what chemical was used. So far, the motive behind the incident remains unclear. The victim’s family says that he had no personal enmity with anyone,” a police officer told the News Minute.
The police told the Siasat news website they were making every effort to locate and arrest the suspect. The motive behind the killing remains unknown.
“We have formed two special teams to identify the pillion rider. The area where the incident took place is a rural area and hence no CCTV cameras were there in the surroundings,” senior police officer Vishnu S Warrier reportedly said.
A case has been registered under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.