By Chaitanya Swamy H M, Bangalore Mirror Bureau
March 15, 2017

City traffic police, who are trying to establish the identity of the foreign national who died in an accident on Sunday midnight, are yet to ascertain many details, including his identity. In another twist, the police are now investigating if the dead person was actually a Nigerian or not. According to senior officials, the Embassy of Nigeria has not responded to their letters seeking details about the deceased yet.

"If they reply, it will help in identifying the parents of the deceased, so that we can carry out procedures to conduct post-mortem and ascertain the cause of death officially from doctors," an officer said. The African nationals had identified the deceased as Ifeanyi Madu alias NWA Jesus. The city police are now planning to write to embassies of other African nations operating in the country.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood told Bangalore Mirror, “We have written two letters to the Nigerian Embassy, but we have not got any reply from them. There is no reliable information about the deceased as of now with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) here in the city. There is no official confirmation whether he is from Nigeria or any other African country."

The police are now verifying the call details record (CDR) of the deceased. The phone the police found from the accident spot (belonged to the deceased) turned out to be a connection purchased in the name of Vijay Kumar, a resident of Gauthampura slum.

The police suspect that the deceased brought the pre-activated SIM card from some shop.

"We checked the number by feeding in a caller identity portal and it displays the name as Jesus. The police are now going to contact the persons with whom the deceased was in constant touch or people he called multiple times on the day of the accident or in the last few hours before his death. Since the African nationals staying in the city are not co-operating with us in establishing many details like who was his friend and who was with the deceased when he met with the accident, it's a tough process," an official said. On the other hand, police verified the scooter registration number and they found the vehicle belonged to a person identified as Mujahid Shareef who sold the scooter to Lead Motors four years ago.

“Lead Motors sold the scooter to another local person and he may have sold this to a foreign national, but we are yet to zero down on the person who sold the scooter to the foreign national. The bike is registered in the name of Shareef and later owners have not transferred it to their name,” an official said.

A team of traffic police officials visited the FRRO office even on Wednesday and they had verified the name given by the African nationals in the drop-in box. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic-north) Renuka Sukumar said, “In the drop-in box we have to type the name and nationality, we get the list of thousands of persons but none of them have matched the records of the deceased." A team is formed to visit the hospitals surrounding the areas as well.