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Charred body in forest

The body of a woman, charred beyond recognition, was found in Poradungri forest in Potka, 15km from Jamshedpur, on Sunday morning.

Police, who identified her gender from the two sets of bangles she wore, said she was either a resident of Jadugora or a native of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. A sniffer dog, pressed into service to crack the case, followed a trail to Jadugora, which also leads to the neighbouring state.

Officer-in-charge of Potka police station sub-inspector Vidya Singh said they suspected the woman was killed elsewhere and her body dumped in Poradungri.

“Some joggers from adjoining Sundernagar spotted the body near the Jamshedpur-Jadugora Road around 7am. They informed the village head who then informed us. It seems that the assailants wanted to hide the victim’s identity and so burnt her face and body,” he said.

Singh said the body had been sent to MGM Medical College for post-mortem. “After autopsy, we will keep the body at the mortuary for 72 hours for identification,” he said.

Police also believe that the victim hailed from a well-to-do family. “Details about her will be known once we identify her,” the officer added.

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