Vikash Kumar’s damaged bike at Bhalubasa Chowk on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)
A teenager was murdered while over a dozen people were injured in mishaps in and around the steel city since Tuesday night, casting a shadow on New Year revelry.
Eighteen-year-old Ramchandra Lomai, who used to work at a garment shop in Sakchi, had left his home at a slum in Lalbhatta, Sidhgora, around 5pm on Tuesday. He did not return at night.
A night patrol team found the body at Bagunhatu, about a kilometre away, in the wee hours. As the news spread, someone from Lalbhatta came to Sidhgora police station and identified the body as that of Ramchandra.
The teen’s head had been smashed badly and his body bore grievous injury marks, suggesting that he had been bludgeoned to death.
“We are suspecting that the boy was attacked by a group of unknown assailants. As the murder took place on New Year’s eve, he might have attended a party, where a fight broke and he was killed,” said Sidhgora officer-in-charge Ganesh Kumar Singh.
The victim’s family is tight-lipped. “The family members are not sharing any information about whether Ramchandra had enmity with anyone or had affair with a girl,” Singh added.
On the other hand, despite police preparedness, there were eight road accidents in which over 18 people were injured, five of them seriously. While eight have been admitted to Tata Main Hospital, three, including two children, are at MGM Medical College and Hospital. The others were discharged after first aid.
In the first mishap around 11.45pm on Tuesday, a biker hit a car at Bhalubasa Chowk in Sitaramdera. The impact was so severe that the front wheel of the bike came off, while rider Vikash Kumar sustained grievous head injuries. The resident of Baridih was rushed to Tata Main Hospital.
Around 12.30am on Tuesday, a speeding car hit three bike-borne youths near Fortune Hotel Centre Point on Kadma-Bistupur Road.
All three bikers, who were injured, and the car driver were drunk. They were rushed to Tata Main Hospital, where their condition is serious.
Five persons were injured, three of them seriously, when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a speeding car near Road No. 18 in Sidhgora on Wednesday afternoon. The victims, all residents of Baridih, were headed to Jubilee Park when the mishap occurred.
Similar mishaps were reported from Sonari-Kadma link Road, Sakchi, Telco, Burmamines and Sidhgora.