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Deoghar murder stumps police

Over 48 hours have passed since the body of Ranchi-based driver Kanhaiya Prasad (30) was found at a Deoghar hotel but police are yet to make a headway in cracking the murder.

A policeman at Daily Market thana in Ranchi said police were yet to know the real identity of the person who called himself Santosh Sharma and hired Prasad’s services for a trip to Deoghar via Ramgarh and Rajgir.

“Jharkhand Hotel in Ranchi, where the person was staying, as well as Vishnu Hotel in Deoghar, where Prasad’s body was found, did not have CCTV cameras,” he added.

SP (city) Manoj Ratan conceded absence of CCTV footage was a major hurdle. “Police will have to depend on call details of the driver to track suspects. We are taking help of telecom department,” he added.

Devendra Paswan, OC of Town police station in Deoghar, under whose jurisdiction Vishnu Hotel falls, said the same. “This hotel is a low-cost one without CCTV cameras. However, we are trying our best,” he added.

The body of Prasad, who appeared to have been suffocated to death, was recovered from room No. 102 of Vishnu Hotel in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

Prasad left with the man, who called himself Sharma, from Daily Market taxi stand in Ranchi on February 18. The driver called his wife Soni on February 19 night to say he was in Deoghar. Since February 20 morning, Prasad’s phone was found switched off.


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