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|Shops at Doranda Market, Ranchi, close on Friday in protest against Bhavesh Lodha’s murder and (above) a policeman trains a video camera on an auto-rickshaw near Thursday’s shooting site. Pictures by Prashant Mitra
When: July 2, 2013
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Status: No arrests
When: June 30, 2013
What: Pioneer Public School
social science teacher Jitwahan Mahto (45) murdered near Namkum home over land dispute
Status: Bike-borne duo
When: May 20, 2013
What: Headless body of DJ Alok Anand (23) found in a bush on JAP premises, Doranda
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When: February 21, 2013
What: Decomposed body of tyre
recycling unit owner Gyan Chand
Jain (70) found in Itki
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When: April 27, 2011
What: Intermediate candidate
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Status: Bijendra arrested
When: June 21, 2013
What: Wholesale rice merchant Vinod Agarwal (45) shot dead by bike-borne persons before Tata Steel Tubes Division, Burmamines, who also snatched victim’s bag containing Rs 44,000
Status: Two held on suspicion, case yet to be cracked
When: May 26, 2013
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Status: Duo arrested
When: February 22, 2013
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Status: Quartet arrested
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What: Married man Amit Rai (28) fired five rounds at girlfriend in
Ashiana Sun City, Baliguma,
Mango, but missed target
Status: Rai arrested
Compiled by Raj Kumar &
If you thought you were safe in a capital city, here’s ugly news to unsettle your conviction.
A student of St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, on a spin with two friends on Thursday evening, was fatally shot over a minor argument triggered by a collision between the bike they were riding and an auto-rickshaw.
The incident, which took place around 6.45pm near Kendriya Vidyalaya in Doranda, is an alarm against the scary gun culture gaining ground across urban Jharkhand, Ranchi and Jamshedpur in particular.
Victim Bhavesh Lodha (20), a first-year retail management student, was the only son of bicycle trader Madan Chand Lodha. Doranda market, where Madan Chand runs his shop, downed shutters on Friday in a mark of protest, while police trained cameras on the murder site in vain hope to sight the culprits.
A resident of Shukla Colony, Bhavesh was riding pillion on a bike with friends Amit Kumar Singh and Birendra Kumar. The three were on their way to another friend’s residence near Nepal House.
According to what eyewitnesses told police, near the central school, an auto-rickshaw suddenly applied brakes and the bike rammed it from behind. This triggered a heated exchange of words between the boys and the auto-rickshaw driver.
And then, like a nightmare, a man sitting inside the auto flashed a gun and fired a round. Bhavesh, who was the second pillion-rider, took the bullet in his back. The auto sped away before Amit and Birendra could jot down the registration number of the vehicle in the dark.
Bystanders rushed Bhavesh to Gurunanak Hospital. He was soon referred to RIMS, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Hatia DSP Anuranjan Kispotta said an FIR was lodged by the boy’s father and the body sent for post-mortem. Later, it was handed over to the victim’s family members. He said police were pulling out all the stops to arrest the culprits.
SSP Saket Kumar Singh echoed him and added: “We will leave no stone unturned to arrest the murderers.”
City SP Manoj Ratan said officers in plain clothes had been deputed in Doranda to speed up investigations.
Police conducted a daylong videography of auto-rickshaws near the murder site on Friday. Sources said the drive was aimed at compiling a database of auto-rickshaws plying on the stretch. “It will help in this case as well as in the future, if there is an accident or attack,” said a policeman.
Amit and Birendra could not be contacted. However, at RIMS on Thursday, they told police that they would identify the auto driver and his aide — also believed to be in their early twenties — in a parade.
Bhavesh’s immediate family — father Madan Chand, mother Sangeeta and sisters Gunjan and Twinkle, students of Classes IX and VII at DAV Public School, Pundag — were numb with shock and did not speak to the media.
Victim’s uncle Suresh Jain, who was seen preparing for last rites on Friday afternoon, said he still could not believe that someone killed his nephew and in such a ruthless way.
“He (Bhavesh) would have turned 21 next month. We had planned to celebrate it big on October 31. I wanted to make all the arrangements. Look, what I am arranging for now,” he broke down.
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