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Finger at ‘husband’ after girl death

A 20-year-old girl of Vishnugarh, who went missing on Sunday evening, was found dead in a bush at a Bagoder village in Giridih district on Monday.

Soon after recovery of Kaushalya Kumari’s body, her widowed mother, Mohni Devi, raised a finger at one Ram Lakhan Mahto of Bokaro, who had reportedly married the girl at a Calcutta court last March. A resident of Siraya village in Hazaribagh’s Vishnugarh, Mohni rushed to Bagoder and handed over the marriage certificate to police, who swung into action and started a probe besides sending the body for post-mortem.

According to sources, Kaushalya met Mahto while studying at Ghaghra Science College of Bagoder. The duo fell in love and their families accepted their relationship after which they got married in a court. The social marriage was supposed to take place later.

Mohni, who has another married daughter Meena and a physically challenged son, said Mahto killed Kaushalya as he no longer wanted to be with her.

Narrating the sequence of events leading to Kaushalya’s disappearance and subsequent death, Mohni said: “Meena came to visit me a few days ago along with her husband. On Sunday, she decided to return to her home at Dumri and Kaushlaya accompanied them to Bagoder bus stand, about 16km away. She called me up later to say she met Mahto at the bus stand and would return in the evening. But she never came back.”

On Monday morning, police recovered her body from inside a bush at Sapsiyatand village. Police said no injury mark was found on the body, which suggested that she might have been strangulated. “Mahto has been informed about the girl’s death but he didn’t come to Bagoder, which raises suspicion that he might be involved,” said assistant sub-inspector R.K. Singh.

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