Police given more time to question suspects after death of Eastleigh businessman Choudhry Zishan

Police at the murder scene

Police at the murder scene

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POLICE have been given more time to question two people over the brutal murder of a Hampshire businessman.

Choudhry Zishan died from severe head injuries after being the victim of a “sickening” attack near his business, Newsmarket, in High Street, Eastleigh.

Mr Zishan was leaving his home above the store at 4.30am yesterday to collect his Sunday morning papers from a distributor in Southampton when he was set upon.

Detectives cordoned off a large section of central Eastleigh after the discovery of Mr Zishan in the early hours of Sunday.

The 35-year-old father of one died of his injuries shortly afterwards in Southampton General Hospital.

His family spoke to the Daily Echo about their shock, with father-in-law Khalid Malik saying: “It’s shocking, I can’t believe it.

“He was a nice, kind and very good person.

“He was so nice and had no quarrels with anyone.”

Two men, aged 22 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of murder and detectives have now been granted extra time to question them.

They will now be detained in custody until tomorrow night, after police were originally granted extended time to question them earlier today.

They were arrested in Monks Way, Eastleigh, and police have also searched an address in George Wright Close, Eastleigh.

Local residents are asked to check their gardens and bins for items which police may have been discarded following the attack.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, leading Operation Bedale, said: “I have been pleased with the response from the community who are keen to assist us in this tragic investigation.

“It would appear that Mr Zishan had just left home for work when he was attacked. I believe this was a robbery where the level of violence was extreme and sickening.

"I am still asking for the public's help in looking for items that may have been discarded. In particular I am looking for some shoes worn by one of the attackers and possibly a light coloured top.

“If you find any items matching that description, please call us straight away.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Bedale or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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