Ranchi, Jan. 28: The body of a 31-year-old CRPF jawan, who had been missing since January 21, was recovered from the Rani Kingburu forests, around 6km from the Khunti headquarters, yesterday. The body was sent to Jalgaon in Maharashtra today for last rites.
Police suspect Ramesh Ramachandra Bodse, who belonged to the 94th battalion of the force, might have been lynched as his body — found clad in a pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt — bore several injury marks made by sticks and other traditional weapons.
Sources said Bodse was deputed for anti-Naxalite operations in the district and had first been reported missing during a roll call on January 20. A missing complaint was subsequently filed with Murhu police the next day. Yesterday, a villager first noticed the body and alerted the police, who later recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem. The CRPF constable’s purse and mobile phone were found missing.
Khunti SP M. Tamilvanan, however, ruled out Maoist involvement. “A probe has been launched and we are looking into a lot of angles,” he said.
He added that they had converted the missing case into that of murder and hoped to trace the mobile phone of the deceased for more clues.