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Headway in murder, assault

East Singhbhum district police on Tuesday claimed that it was on the verge of cracking the murder case of jeweller Santosh Kumar Verma and the gun attack on Tata Steel employee Vipul Kumar.

SSP Amol V. Homkar said they had almost solved both the cases. “Since we have to make some arrests, we are not formally disclosing the breakthrough. We don’t want to alert the criminals at this juncture,” Homkar said, adding that they were expecting to bring all the culprits to book in the next 48 hours.

A senior police officer, who is part of the investigation team in the Verma murder case, however, said they had detained three persons, including the victim’s girlfriend who hails from Azadnagar in Mango, for the killing.

The other two are the 22-year-old girl’s brother and her sister’s husband.

The bludgeoned body of 27-year-old Verma, owner of Alankaran Jewellers at Mango Chowk, was recovered from near a water pump in isolated Pakipani in Bodam on November 29 morning.

According to the officer, the assailants had blinded the victim by piercing an iron rod in his eyes, before smashing his head with a boulder.

Police have established that the cold-blooded murder was an outcome of the affair on the basis of call details of Verma’s cellphone. The last call he had received was from his girlfriend around 6pm on November 28.

“After receiving the call, Verma, a resident of Madhusudhan Apartment on Dimna Road, closed his shop and left on his bike for a resort in Dimna. On the way, he picked up his girlfriend,” the officer said.

After spending an hour there, when they were returning, the girl’s brother and brother-in-law spotted them. The duo in their car trailed Verma’s bike and intercepted it near Paridih Kali Temple.

The girl during interrogation told the police that her brother-in-law took her back home. After that she does not know what happened to her boyfriend.

The senior police officer said that the brother called up one of his friends and they forcibly took the victim to Pakipani where he was killed.

A manhunt is on for the brother’s friend.

In the gun attack case, police have sent a team outside the steel city for locating one of the shooters. Once the police succeed in arresting the suspect, the case will be completely solved as one attacker is already in net.

A Tata Steel official employed in the urban services division, Kumar was shot at by two bike-borne men near United Club in Bistupur on November 22 night. The shooting was the fallout of an alleged extra-marital affair. Kumar has recovered from his injuries at Tata Main Hospital.