Bermo police arrested a woman mastermind and two others for a fruit merchant’s murder on Monday, unearthing a trail of passion and revenge, but the body, dumped in Maithon dam on February 15, has not been recovered.
Sunday Bazaar trader Jai Kumar Gupta, married and a father, had an extramarital affair with his next-door neighbour, grocer Suresh Kumar’s wife Gayatri. But when Jai started eyeing Gayatri’s 15-year-old daughter, the furious woman sought the help of her two Hazaribagh-based relatives to finish her boyfriend off.
The duo were Golu Kumar, related by marriage to Suresh, and Golu’s cousin Tej Kumar.
On February 15, Golu and Tej hired an ambulance (JH2R2906). Apparently, when Jai came to Gayatri’s house, Golu and Tej bundled him off inside an ambulance. Then, they drove him to Maithon, strangulated him with a rope and dumped his body in the dam.
Jai’s relatives reported his absence at Gandhi Nagar thana, where Sunday Bazaar area falls. On grilling Gayatri, the sordid saga unravelled.
Police picked Golu and Tej from Hazaribagh, who filled the gaps of the case.
“The ambulance has been seized,” said Bermo DSP M.K. Rai. “The murder mystery is almost solved. We are sure to find the trader’s body soon.”
Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh said the affluent trader had a roving eye. “He had a relationship with Gayatri and several others. His evil designs on Gayatri’s teen daughter proved to be his undoing,” he said.
Earlier in the day, traders protested before the thana, demanding killers be arrested.