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Coal official, maid stabbed to death

Hazaribagh, Nov. 28: A senior CCL official and his maid were stabbed to death in a vicious early morning attack in Ramgarh, Jharkhand, leaving his wife, son and daughter injured, but police are clueless about motive.

Ramesh Kumar Bubna (52), the staff officer (project and planning) of Central Coalfields Limited, Barkasayal, had gone out for a walk in front of his quarters at Barkakana colony around 5.30am when a 25-year-old youth attacked him, the police said.

The youth hit Ramesh on his head and slit his throat with a knife. The maid, Munni (25), who used to stay with the family, rushed out, apparently alarmed by an unusual sound.

The youth attacked her from behind and stabbed her with the knife repeatedly. In the meantime, Ramesh’s wife Kusum came out and saw the youth assaulting her.

She then ran out of the house, crying for help. She alerted two guards deployed at a CCL official’s quarters two blocks away, and ran back to her home where she found her daughter Chandani (24) and son Anmol (15) lying on the ground.

But before the two guards reached the house, the youth turned on Kusum, attacked her and fled.

All of them were taken to Nayi Sarai Hospital, where Ramesh and Munni were declared brought dead. The others were referred to Apollo hospitals in Ranchi.

According to police, Kusum and her children sustained injuries in their hands, legs and shoulders. They were out of danger.

Superintendent of police (SP) Ranjeet Prasad, who visited Ramesh’s home, said the motive behind the attack wasn’t clear.

“The attacker didn’t even enter the house. It also appears that he did not touch household items, cash and valuables either,” he said, indicating that burglary could not have been a reason behind the assault.

The SP, who spoke to local residents of Barkakana, later went to Apollo hospitals, but could not record their statement. “The injured are not in a position to talk. We are, therefore, trying to gather vital clues through various sources. A search is on to nab the youth,” Prasad said.

The police are also looking into the possibility of personal feud as a motive.

Ramesh and Kusum were early risers. While Ramesh would go for a walk, Kusum was in the habit of taking a shower and offering puja every morning.

According to relatives, Anmol is a Class IX student, while handani, an engineer, is to join a private company.

The attacker, the police said, seemed to be aware of the family’s daily routine.