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Personal motive whiff in murder

An empty lawyers’ chamber at Patna civil court on Thursday.
Picture by Deepak Kumar

Locked in a legal battle with a distant relative over the possession of the flat she was staying in at the Buddh Marg area, lawyer Sangita Sinha (45) was perhaps killed for some personal reason.

Sangita, found dead on Wednesday, had checked in to the flat (number 35) in Vaibhav Apartments over six years ago. Jairam, a lawyer, frequently visited the flat and at times stayed back. He was representing Sangita in the case over the possession of the flat.

Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj told The Telegraph: “Jairam frequently visited Sangita’s flat. She was fighting a civil dispute case and Jairam was her lawyer. Right now, it can only be said that the investigations are on and the post-mortem report is awaited.”

Patna city superintendent of police Kim said the motive behind Sangita’s murder could be “very personal”.

“A very personal reason seems to have triggered her murder. Some visitors to her apartment have been rounded up and are being questioned. The police are trying to trace her close friends, the people who visited her and the motive of their visits,” Kim told The Telegraph.

Sangita’s body had several injury marks. Her throat was slit.

The flat Sangita stayed in belongs to the mother of Manju Singh, the wife of deceased DIG-rank officer Anil Kumar Singh. He was shot dead by criminals in June 2006 on Patna-Kurla Superfast Express when he tried to foil their robbery attempt. Manju and Sangita were distant relatives.

The sources said the flat was partitioned into two. Sangita occupied one of them. The other part was locked by Manju.

A police officer said: “There was a problem over the possession of the flat Sangita stayed in. But we are still not sure if she was killed over the property dispute.”

With the police almost groping in the dark, the members of Patna District Bar Association and the Patna City Bar Association on Thursday boycotted work in protest against the murder of Sangita. They demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrator of the crime.