The men in uniform, already groping in the dark about a series of “stoneman” attacks, have come up with a solution: keep the door to the roof closed.
Patna superintendent of police Jayant Kant said at least six attacks — mostly on women — have been reported since last week of January — the last having taken place on February 20.
The officer said investigations until now have pointed finger at just one assailant. However, the statement of Suman Devi, attacked on Wednesday (February 20), said she had seen three persons.
Police sources said that there was a little chance of a gang involved in these attacks, which till now have claimed the lives of Poonam Devi, Leela Devi and Kusum Devi.
“Though the police are working on the case at present, the residents need to take precautions too. It is an appeal of the Patna police to the residents to properly lock any door, window or ventilators at the roof, which leads to the house.
The modus operandi of the person is that he enters the houses through roofs. It does not appear that his motive is robbery as hardly any costly item has been picked up. In most of the cases, nothing has been taken from the households. But it’s certain the assailant carries a stone and hit the victims’ head hard. As most of the victims are women, it seems the victim is a bit psychic,” Kant said.
Another police officer said that there was a shift of areas where the incidents took place.
“At present, the number of reported incidents stands at six in all. It started in the Jakkanpur area sometime in mid-January and then moved to the Phulwarisharif area and now people in Danapur are being attacked. Several police teams have been stationed across Danapur to nab the man or maybe men,” Kant said.
The police sources said that the first incident had taken place in the last week of January when a middle-aged woman, identified as Poonam Devi, was found dead with her head smashed at her Azam Colony house under the Phulwarisharif police station. However, the police did not spell out details of the case.