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Body riddle in kidnap cry

Muzaffarpur, Nov. 26: The recovery of a decomposed body in the Jawaharlal Road area this morning triggered speculation that it might be of Nobha Chakarvarthy, who went missing from her home on September 19.

The body, kept in a gunny bag, was found by civic workers at a drain close to the 13-year-old girl’s house.

Nobha’s parents had lodged an FIR on September 19, claiming that she was kidnapped.

Thousands gathered at the spot and traders in the township kept their shutters down fearing trouble following the recovery of the body.

District magistrate (DM) Santosh Kumar Mall directed senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar to probe into the matter. The SSP said the body was first seen lying in the drain by civic workers. Atul Chakravarthy, Nobha’s father, corroborated the claim. He said: “The municipal workers raised an alarm on spotting the body. The body appeared to be that of an adult.”

SSP Kumar met Nobha’s relatives to inform them about the body. He said: “The body would be sent to Patna for forensic tests. Its gender and age have to be first determined. If it turns out to be that of a female, there will be a DNA test then.”

The officer added that the police would interrogate the municipal corporation employees, who found the body.

The SSP later told The Telegraph that a police team had been sent to New Delhi to trace the missing girl.

Nobha’s mother, Maitri, today alleged that Ranjit Thakur and Manish Thakur, whom she described as land mafia, had masterminded the abduction. She said: “They had approached my husband and coerced him to sell a plot in August.” Ranjit and Manish are on the run.

The DM and the SSP appealed to the people not to be swayed by rumours. All police stations in the township have been put on alert and patrolling has been intensified.

Earlier, Bihar Bengali Samiti members had petitioned to the President, the Prime Minister, the Union home minister, chief minister Nitish Kumar and director-general of police Abhayanand to look into the matter.