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Brothers face murder quiz

Police have detained two persons in connection with the murder of a retired BSF jawan in Parsudih on Sunday night.

Dilip and Ajay, who run a book store at Gadra Chowk, are brothers of Lalit Kumar (40), who was shot dead by two bike-borne men in Yashodanagar while he was returning from a betel shop around 8.30pm.

All three lived in the same house at Gadra on Jamshedpur’s outskirts.

Another brother, Manoj Kumar, the youngest in the family who works in South Eastern Railway and is posted at Dongaposhi in Chakradharpur division, is also under the scanner.

Although the deceased’s wife, Punam Devi, is yet to lodge a formal police complaint, she has told investigators that the murder plot was hatched by her brothers-in-law over a property dispute.

Lalit used to work as a security guard at Bank of India’s Govindpur branch after retiring from BSF.

“We have detained the victim’s younger brother Dilip and also elder one Ajay for interrogation after getting a verbal complaint from Punam,” said Parsudih officer-in-charge Dayanand Kumar.

A plot, located adjacent to the brothers’ two-storey house in Gadra, is believed to be the root of all problems.

“Punam Devi told us that a year ago, the brothers divided the land among themselves. As Lalit got a comparatively small portion, he wanted to build a three-storey building on it. This was opposed by the other brothers and there were regular quarrels. On Sunday morning, they again fought and a female member of the family allegedly assaulted Punam Devi with a vegetable cutter,” Dayanand said.

Manoj had also come to the Gadra house later in the day to settle the matter.

Asked why they had not arrested Ajay and Dilip, Dayanand said he would be able to do so after the shooters were arrested or when the victim’s wife lodged an FIR.

Police have recovered three empty cartridges of 5.76 bore from the murder spot.

Lalit had sustained four bullets. The body was sent to MGM medical college’s mortuary for post-mortem on Monday.