While recent cases of taxi drivers being assaulted and rivalry between different groups have come into focus the Vasco police had got the case of the mysterious death of a taxi driver near Goa Airport in Vasco da Gama. The young cab driver was found dead in his taxi near the airport, under mysterious circumstances. While the police are investigating any foul play in the death, the family says it could be a case of some illness.

24-year-old Damodar Yamnappa Mangalore was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his taxi parked near the Goa Airport on NH17 in Vasco.  While this has raised speculations about foul play, the family says it could be due to some illness.

According to the Times of India, Yamnappa who generally operated from the Goa International Airport, Dabolim was last seen on Wednesday by his family when he went to drop off a customer at the airport.  However, when he failed to return the next day, the family began searching for him.

According to this source, Yamnappa’s father found him locked in his cab at around 1 pm at a four-lane highway in Shantinagar, near INS Hansa Gate, in the vicinity of Dabolim airport.  Presuming he was asleep the father tried to awaken him.  However, when he failed to respond, his father broke open the window only to discover that his son was dead.

According to the Navhind Times, the Vasco police are trying to verify whether there was any foul play and are also investing the angle of rivalry with other tourist taxi operators.  However, Yamnappa’s brother, Uday Kumar Mangalore says that his brother’s death could be due to possible illness.

According to this source, the police informed that Yamnappa was operating his taxi without a valid permit.

The Vasco police had shifted the deceased to the sub-district hospital, Chicalim.  He was declared brought dead.  In the meanwhile, the police have registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174of the CrPC. The body has been preserved at Hospicio hospital morgue until further investigations to determine the exact cause of death after post mortem.

Source: Navhind Times | Times of India 

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