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Midnapore: Police at Digha in East Midnapore have detained a young couple and a relative after the driver of their car was found hanging in a hotel room Friday morning.

The deceased driver has been identified as Abhijit Dutta (30), a resident of Liluah in Howrah. The three detained are Sujay Dutta, Payel Dutta, and Tinku Mondal. They too hail from Liluah.

Last week Abhijit joined as the driver of the sedan of Sujay and Payel. In fact, it is Payel who hired Abhijit.

On Thursday, the couple, who married in January this year, went to Digha with Abhijit at the wheels of their car. Tinku Mondal, a cousin brother of Sujay, also joined them in the trip.

The team checked into a hotel at New Digha. They lodged in two adjacent rooms ~ one three-bedroom and the other a single room for driver Abhijit. Till late into the night, all of them consumed alcohol in the hotel room and then went to bed.

As claimed by Payel, at dawn today three of them went out for a stroll, while driver Abhijit was fast asleep in his room. On return, they knocked on the door of Abhijit but got no response. On being alerted by the hotel staff, police came and broke open the door to find Abhijit hanging from the ceiling fan, while his legs were partially resting on the bed.

The cops started quizzing the other three and this revealed that under the influence of alcohol Abhijit had allegedly touched Payel last night inappropriately and this made her slap him. Payel claims that after this Abhijit went to his room immediately.

Police are quizzing the three to find out if there is a missing link in the story. Abhijit’s body has been sent for post-mortem.