The house in Baridih, Jamshedpur, where the murders took place on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Even 36 hours after three members of a family were found murdered at Jamshedpur’s Tube Baridih Colony, the police are clueless about who carried out the killings.
In an attempt to establish a lead, the police have started screening the calls that victim Piyali Chatterjee received and made, hopeful that the recorded numbers in the phone could provide a clue to who wiped out the family.
East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar Jha, who is monitoring the probe, admitted that as of now they are in the dark about the assailant.
“To find clues, we are making all possible efforts. We are also screening the incoming and outgoing calls made on Piyali’s cell-phone. Maybe some of the recorded numbers will give us an idea,” said Jha, while speaking to The Telegraph.
The senior police officer pointed out that whoever had executed the crime had done so with professional precision. He added that the case was a challenge for the district police and would be cracked, no matter what.
The bodies of Ratan Chatterjee (60), his wife Shyamali and daughter Piyali were found lying on their respective beds in the two-room house in Sidhgora police station area on Wednesday morning.
The throats of all three victims had been slit with a sharp-edged weapon in the wee hours of Wednesday, but neighbours said they had heard no sound or commotion.
Significantly, during the post-mortem conducted at MGM Medical College mortuary late Wednesday evening, it was found that there were a number of sharp cut marks on Piyali and Ratan Chatterjee’s bodies, suggesting that the duo had resisted the killer before being murdered.
“The cut marks were on Piyali’s left arm and right hand, and also Ratan Chatterjee’s shoulder and left hand,” said a source in the forensic department. There was no evidence of any intoxicants or poisonous substances in the blood of the victims.
A senior police officer said what made the case more complicated was the fact that the bolt on the back door, which the killer used to escape after the murder was found intact, suggesting that either the killer was present in the house for some time or someone from among the victims had opened the door to him.
The police are also grilling relatives and neighbours of the victims.
Meanwhile, even as investigations continued, a group of JVM activists gheraoed the Jusco office in Bistupur.
“Jusco has offered a contract to an Ajsu functionary, Anand Behari Dubey, to take care of vacant residential quarters at Baridih and Tube Baridih localities. But in the name of taking care, Dubey has let out them to different tenants and earning money,” said a JVM activist.
He added that as there was no way to screen who was taking the quarters on rent, criminals had free access to the area, making it unsafe.
JVM supporters demanded cancellation of Dubey’s contract so that the vacant quarters did not turn into criminal dens.