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Bullet-riddled body found

The bullet-riddled body of a 35-year-old man was recovered from an isolated spot at Narga village in the MGM police station area, about 200m from NH-33 and 26km from Jamshedpur, on Sunday morning.

The victim was later identified as Pratap Kumar (40), a resident of Kalsi Niwas at Uliyan in Kadma. His wife Devika Nayak had lodged a missing report with Bistupur police on Saturday night.

Five empty cartridges were found at the spot, suggesting that the assailants might have forced Pratap, who used to run a private travel agency, to go to the deserted area before killing him. While one of the bullets hit the victim on his head, the remaining four struck his chest and abdomen.

Police, who came to know about the body around 9am, could not identify the victim initially. All police stations were subsequently informed after which Bistupur police summoned Devika. A team led Devika to MGM Medical College’s mortuary, where she identified the body as that of her husband’s.

Sub-inspector of MGM police station Ratibhan Singh, who is investigating the case, said that Pratap and Devika were out since 11am on Saturday. They visited a number of places, including Bhubaneswari Temple in Telco, Sakchi market and Jubilee Park, where they met some friends of Pratap.

“The victim’s wife told us that Pratap had asked her to go to a hotel at Sakchi and wait for him, saying that he would return in a while. Devika did so but Pratap failed to turn up. After waiting for two hours, the woman went to Jubilee Park, hoping to find Pratap there. But when he could not be traced, Devika approached Bistupur police,” Singh added.

The sub-inspector further said that it appeared to be a well-planned murder and that they were trying to trace the persons whom Pratap met at the park.

Both senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Kumar Jha and superintendent of police (rural) Rajiv Ranjan Singh visited the scene of the crime. SP Singh raised another point. “Despite the chill, the man was wearing just a half-sleeve shirt. We are suspecting that the assailants might have brought him in a car or some other vehicle,” Singh added.