Gaya, Dec. 5: Five girls, aged between 17 and 11, of a joint family were found murdered at Sonsa village, around 37km northeast of the Gaya district headquarters, this morning.
The motive behind the murder is unclear. Investigations are on in the case.
“Neither is there any sign of forced entry into the house nor did the neighbours hear anything. The girls were sleeping in different rooms though there was no other member in the house,” said a police officer investigating the case.
A team from the forensic science laboratory (FSL), Patna, has been rushed to Gaya. The team first visited Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital, where the bodies were taken for post-mortem. Thereafter, it went to Sonsa village. The police said a pellet was found lying near the body of one of the girls though prima facie, all were killed with a blunt, heavy object.
Motiraj Devi, wife of ex-armyman Pavittar Narayan and the girls’ grandmother, told The Telegraph that each of her sons — Shashibhushan, Bharatbhushan and Bipin — had two sons and two daughters (see graphic). Around 5.30am, Bharatbhushan, who was sleeping at relative Ashok Singh’s house with his father, sons and nephews, went to wake up the five girls. He found the main gate open and spotted the girls lying in a pool of blood. Shashibhushan’s eldest daughter, Priyanka, has been married away and escaped the assault.
Julie Kumari, the eldest, studied in Class X, Sweeti Kumari and Manisha Kumari, both in Class IX, Reshma Kumari in Class VI and Amisha Kumari in Class V, at the government middle and high schools, 200 metres from their residence.
Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwari has formed an eight-member special investigation team headed by additional superintendent of police (ASP) Ashok Kumar Singh to probe the case. District magistrate Balamurugan D. and the SSP visited the village around 9.30am.
Shashibhushan lodged a named FIR with Khisersarai police station against fellow villager Anand Singh, his elder brother Naveen and his wife, Kishori Singh and his wife, Abhimanyu Singh and Santosh Singh. Anand has been arrested.
An investigating police officer said Bipin recently bought a 43-decimal plot from co-villager Shambhu Singh for Rs 3.5 lakh and got it registered on November 19. Villagers said Naveen had been eyeing the plot.
At the time of the incident, the wives of all three brothers were at the house of Bipin at Khisersarai, around 7km from Sonsa, while Motiraj was on her way back from Varanasi. Shashibhushan was sleeping in the school verandah.
The bodies were handed over to the family in the evening after the post-mortem.