The spot at Parsudih from where Jema Purty’s body was recovered on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A 45-year-old widow was found dead in a slum in the Parsudih police station area on Monday morning.
The victim, identified as Jema Purty, had a deep injury on her chest, suggesting that the unknown assailant must have stabbed her to death before dumping the body at Jargatola, 200m from her home. Her 18-year-old son Surendra said she had gone to visit someone in the locality on Sunday night but did not return home.
Police have registered a case of murder and conspiracy against unknown assailants on the basis of a statement given by Surendra, who used to live with his mother at Janugora slum, also in Parsudih. The body has been sent to MGM Medical College’s mortuary for post-mortem.
“Jema and Surendra had gone to a neighbour’s house to attend a feast last evening. Around 9pm, Surendra got up to return home but Jema asked him to go alone as she had to go somewhere. Surendra did as he was told. However, the woman did not return home at night,” said a police officer.
Worried, Surendra searched for his mother in the neighbourhood, but in vain. Around 6am on Monday, someone spotted Jema’s body at the intersection of Shankarpur, about 200 metres from Janugora, and raised an alarm.
A police team, led by officer-in-charge of Parsudih police station Dayanand Kumar, arrived at the spot and made an inquest before sending the body for post-mortem.
“My mother was with me till 9pm at my neighbour’s house where we had gone to attend dinner. I do not know where she went after that. She just asked me to go home,” Surendra, who works at a local factory, told The Telegraph.
Later, deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhaya visited the spot for an inspection.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the DSP said the assailant must have known the widow.
“There was no blood stain at the place where the body was found. It is evident that the assailant must have killed the woman somewhere else and dumped the body at Shankarpur square,” said Upadhaya.
The senior police officer further said that only one person might have executed the murder, but several had carried the body from one place to another.
“We are trying to track down the killer, but as the family members of the victim are not able to give any clue, it is being difficult to make a breakthrough,” he added.