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Finger at father for murder of girls

Police have claimed that evidence collected during investigation indicates Bipin Singh had killed his two daughters and three other girls in Sonas village early on Thursday.

Bipin, who is absconding since the murder, is the youngest son of retired army man Pavittar Narayan Singh. The police claim was corroborated by the statement given by his two elder brothers — Shashi Bhushan Singh and Bharat Bhushan Singh — under Section 164 before a judicial magistrate on Tuesday.

Quoting their statements, Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwari on Wednesday said Bipin had told them last Wednesday that he was going to do something that would teach his opponents a lesson and implicate them in a false case. But they did not know that Bipin would kill the girls.

To execute the plan, Bipin first took wives of all the three brothers to Khisersarai police station to lodge a false case against Shambhu Sharan Singh, Naveen Singh and others of same village. When the case was not entertained at Khisersarai police station, he took the women to Magadh Medical College police station but failed to get the case registered there too. Bipin got Shambhu’s 43 decimal plot registered in his name. About Naveen, his family members had claimed after the killing that he was eyeing the plot and creating disturbance since the registry.

After the killing, eldest among the three brothers, Shashi, has named Shambhu besides, Naveen, his wife, father Kishori Singh, mother, younger brother Anand Singh and son Abhimanyu Singh in the FIR lodged with Khisersarai police station on Friday. Among the seven, the police picked up Anand on Thursday and forwarded him to jail.

The SSP said the special investigation team (SIT) headed by additional superintendent of police (ASP) Ashok Kumar Singh constituted after the murder have been conducting investigation of the case adopting scientific method with the help of four-member experts from forensic science laboratory (FSL), Patna. The technical inputs including ballistic, serology and post-mortem reports, primary inspection of the bodies, inspection of place of occurrence, interrogation of local villagers suggest that there is no forced entry into the house where girls were sleeping.

No sign of forced entry was also found on the main gate or near the door of rooms in which the girls were sleeping. Primary inspection of the bodies revealed that there was no sign of struggle and the bodies were found in sleeping position.

The police also collected call detail report (CDR) of the cellphones of Bipin and his brothers. The CDR shiws that Bipin was in Sonas village from 7.45pm on Wednesday to 2.34am on Thursday. He reached his residence at Khisersarai around 3.07am on Thursday. During his stay in the village, he also talked to his elder brothers over cellphone. During interrogation, the villagers too denied entry of any outsider that night and thus the evidence goes against Bipin, the SSP said.

Other evidences that go against Bipin is the bloodstain collected by the FSL team from the lock of his residence at Khisersarai. The sample matches with the blood samples collected from the place of occurrence. The post-mortem report suggests that the girls were killed between 10pm on Wednesday and 2am on Thursday and during the period, Bipin was in the village. Now, viscera report is awaited that would confirm whether the girls were given sleeping pills or any other toxicant before being shot from point-blank range in the temple, he said.

The police said investigation was on why the girls were sleeping in separate rooms even though there was no male member and secondly in winter why doors of all the rooms were kept open.

The police are yet to recover the firearm used in the killing. The bullets found by the FSL team suggest that 8mm cartridge was used and all were fired from one local-made pistol.

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