Police on Thursday recovered the body of a 55-year-old labourer with burns on the back from his Barenda Toli residence, about 60km from the district headquarters, on the outskirts of Ranchi.
However, Jattu Kalindri, known to be an alcoholic, did not die in the house. Police said that his family members found him dead in a crop field near the village on Wednesday night and brought the body home. But none of the family members turned up before police to file an FIR, which further deepens the mystery surrounding the death.
Someone from Barenda village called up Sonahatu police station around 11am and informed that a man in the locality had died and his body was lying at his home. Police rushed to the village and recovered the body, which was sent to RIMS in Ranchi for post-mortem. The report is likely to come in a day or two.
Superintendent of police (rural) A.V. Minz confirmed the incident. “Jattu has been missing since 1pm on Wednesday and the way he was found dead is suspicious. It appears that either someone had poured scalding, hot water on him or he himself came in contact with it,” he added.
Sub-divisional police officer of Bundu Naushad Alam, under whom Sonahatu police station falls, expressed his inability to throw much light on the death, saying that investigations were on and FIR was yet to be filed. “Primary investigations have not thrown up any vital clue apart from revealing that the man’s family members found his body just outside the village on Wednesday night,” he said.