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Double body blow to security

Two bodies — one of a teenaged boy and another of a young mother — found along Marine Drive in Jamshedpur on Monday once again exposed chinks in citizen security in the steel city.

While it is unclear whether the two executed their individual death wishes, police are not ruling out murders.

Raja Singh (18), an unemployed resident of Pratimanagar in Bhatia bustee, was found hanging from a tree near an LPG godown with a leather strap around his neck around 7am.

Uncle Kartik Singh said he had received a call on his cellphone and had left home around 10pm on Sunday night. That is the last time family members saw him alive. “His parents searched for him all night, but in vain. Soon after police were informed in the morning, local children reported having seen him hanging near the gas godown,” he said.

He added that there was nothing unusual in the boy’s behaviour to suggest that he was suicidal.

Sub-inspector Arjun Singh Yadav of Kadma police station said though it appeared that Raja had hanged himself, it was unclear why. “In such a case, we have to explore other possibilities (like murder). We can arrive at a conclusion only after we examine his phone’s call records and get the post-mortem report,” Yadav added.

The body has been sent to MGM Medical College and a UD case has been registered.

In the other incident, Jaki Bhatta resident Asha Devi (28) was found dead in her home. The mother of a four-year-old was scantily clad and had scratches on her face to suggest assault.

Husband Bikash Karmakar claimed he returned home from work around midnight to find his wife lying on a heap of sands outside their house. “She was drunk and unconscious. Maybe, she had fallen down or something. I brought her in, but she succumbed to her injuries around 3am. I informed police,” he said.

Sub-inspector Yadav said prima facie it appeared to be an accident, but they were not ruling out a murder angle. “We are interrogating the husband for more details,” he added.