Motorcyclist dies after stranger allegedly injected poison into his thigh while hitchhiking

A motorcyclist in India died Monday after being injected with poison by a hitchhiking stranger.

The incident happened in the southern state of Telangana. The victim, identified as 46-year-old Shaikh Jamal Saheb from Bopparam village, was on his way to visit his daughter, who lived in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, when the incident took place, Indian Express reported.

When Saheb reached a village, a stranger stopped his vehicle and asked for a ride. After ascending, the unknown man injected a substance into one of Saheb’s thighs.

The victim then managed to get out of the vehicle and flee the scene. After running for a while, he called his family to tell them about the incident. While telling the story, the victim fell unconscious.

Bystanders who spotted the unconscious Saheb took him to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Hospital doctors said the poison had spread throughout his body and was likely the cause of death.

“Jamal was brought in by two men around 10am. He was unconscious and sweating profusely. When we finished checking his vitals, he collapsed,” a doctor at the hospital told News Minute.

An official cause of death could only be known after an autopsy.

The local police were informed of the incident, after which they launched an investigation. Police also found the syringe used to inject the poison into Saheb’s body.

“An empty syringe was found near the crime scene and the samples were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for testing. Only when the results are in will we know if 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 he had no personal animosity with anyone,” a police officer told News Minute.

Police told news website Siasat that they are making every effort to locate and arrest the suspect. The motive behind the murder is still unknown.

“We formed two special teams to identify the pillion rider. The area where the incident took place is a rural area and therefore there were no surveillance cameras in the area,” Senior Police Officer Vishnu S Warrier said.

One case was registered under Section 302 (Murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

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