Six bodies recovered in four days — reason enough for Ranchi police to be on tenterhooks as it points to the rising crime graph in the district.
The latest recovery was made on Tuesday afternoon from Kiski village in Tupudana. Fifty-year-old Sam Mundain was found dead near his home. He had injury marks on his neck. Police lodged a murder case, while the body was sent for post-mortem.
Of the remaining five bodies, one was recovered from Dibdih on September 28, one from Burmu on September 29 and another from Khelari the same day. On September 30, two more were found from Tamar and Jagannathpur.
“We are facing difficulty in identifying a partially decomposed body that was recovered from near Dibdih flyover on September 28. It was sent for post-mortem the same day. No one has turned up to claim it. We got information that the deceased hailed from Gumla. I have sent a team there,” Doranda OC Lalan Kumar Thakur told The Telegraph.
His Burmu counterpart Anup Prasad shared the same ordeal pertaining to another case. “A resident of Nagdu village, Jalya Munda (25), went missing on September 16. On September 29, a villager spotted his decomposed body in a paddy field at Macca Parsa Toli and informed us,” he said.
Police started investigations, but finally registered a case of unnatural death after coming to learn that Munda was “mentally unstable”. “The case gave us a hard time, especially because villagers were constantly pressuring us to crack it,” Prasad said.
In the morning of September 29, another body was recovered from a residence at Var Toli, about 60km from the district headquarters, in Khelari. “There were injury marks on deceased Mohammed Shamim’s (25) neck. During investigations, we found out that Shamim, a petty thief, was murdered by some associates. Two persons have been arrested,” he said.
Sub-divisional police officer of Bundu Naushad Alam said they recovered a body from the banks of Kanchi river on Monday. The person’s identity is yet to be ascertained.
At Jagannathpur, auto driver Parsuram Singh was found hanging from a bamboo used to support the asbestos roof of a house belonging to country liquor seller Munna Singh on Monday. “Initially, it appeared suicide. We later established that Munna had actually killed Parsuram. We cracked the case in four hours and arrested Munna,” said OC Ratan Kumar Singh.
According to latest police data, on an average, 15 murders are reported in a month in the district. “Though at present, we have figures from January to July this year, it seems the number will be more for September if you consider the cases of last few days. Six bodies in four days is quite alarming,” said a police officer.