A local resident points at the spot where the body was found in Bhalubasa on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
The naked body of a 32-year-old tribal woman was found in the densely populated urban slum of Bhalubasa in Sitaramdera police station area on Wednesday morning.
She was later identified as local resident Anju Munda, a divorcee who lived alone. Her daughter, married off recently, lives in Ghaghidih.
Deep injury marks on Munda’s head, chest and back suggest that she was bludgeoned to death by more than three persons.
The victim’s clothes and slippers were found at a little distance from the body.
SP (city) Kartik S. claimed that the nature of injury did not confirm sexual assault. “The assailants stripped the victim before bludgeoning her to death,” Kartik said.
Police are treating it as a murder case, he added.
Some local residents claimed to have heard a commotion in the small hours of Wednesday but failed to reveal anything about the killers.
Sudhir Prasad Singh, who lives close to the spot from where the body was recovered, said that around 1am, he had heard the angry voices of a woman and some men.
“I did not bother to look outside as I thought a thief had been nabbed and was being thrashed. Around 6am, when I opened the window, I was stunned to see the body of a woman lying in front of my house,” Singh said.
When asked about the victim, he denied knowing her. However, sources said that the woman was infamous for drinking in public and throwing tantrums.