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Woman, lover held for twin murders

A 40-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly plotting the murder of her septuagenarian father and younger brother to grab family property and maintain her extramarital relationship with a youth.

Sachi Shekhar was picked up from her paternal residence near Tupudana Chowk under Tupudana outpost of Dhurwa police station on Ranchi’s outskirts.

Her lover, Pintu alias Awadhesh Singh, and two of his aides, Chandan Kumar and Ashok Singh, who killed 70-year old Lal Randhir Nath Shahdeo and Lal Murari Nath Shahdeo (35) in the intervening night of October 22 and 23, were nabbed from their villages in Palamau district on Wednesday.

Two more aides of Pintu are yet to be arrested.

A revolver, one semi-automatic pistol and an airgun besides four rounds of ammunition, Rs 23,000 in cash and five cellphones were recovered from them.

Police said, the woman married a fast food seller of Bengal’s Purulia, Nirmal Shekhar, in 1996. However, she, along with her husband and two children, shifted to her father’s place in Ranchi in 2002. There, she fell in love with Pintu, who was the private bodyguard of her brother, Lal Murari.

“When Murari, who was locked in a property dispute with Sachi, came to know about the relationship, he sacked Pintu and started keeping a tab on the whereabouts of his sister. This perhaps acted as the trigger and Sachi decided to eliminate Murari with the help of Pintu,” said SSP Saket Kumar Singh.

On the fateful night, Pintu and four of his friends entered Murari’s room and shot him dead. When his father, who was sleeping in an adjacent room, woke up, they killed him. “Sachi planned to pass off the incident as dacoity and had asked Pintu to loot some cash,” the SSP said.

Murari’s wife Geeta Shahdeo registered an FIR and named three suspects. However, the needle of suspicion turned towards Sachi once investigations picked up pace.

“We suspected the hand of an insider. The doors of both the rooms were open from inside and their licensed firearms were not at their usual place,” Singh said.