A crowd outside Rahul Shukla’s house at Birsanagar on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A young grocer was hacked to death at his Birsanagar home in Telco on Friday evening.
The murder, which follows the fatal February 22 gun assault on TML Drivelines senior executive Brajesh Sahay, is another gory pointer to the plunging citizen safety graph in the steel hub.
Police have sent Zone No. 3 resident Rahul Shukla’s body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem, but are yet to nail the exact motive behind the vengeful killing.
According to investigating officers, more than one person stormed the Shukla residence around 6pm and hit Rahul on the head with a sharp-edged weapon.
“Rahul was watching television at that time. He would have left for his shop, a stone’s throw from his home, in some time. The youth’s mother and two sisters returned from the market around 6.30pm to find the family’s only bread-earner in a pool of blood. His mother lost consciousness,” said a police source.
Though the assault took place early in the evening, when the Birsanagar neighbourhood was bustling with shopkeepers and customers, no one saw any suspicious movement near the Shukla residence.
“The gang may have entered the house with the intention of burglary and killed Rahul when he offered resistance. The almirah had been ransacked and empty jewellery boxes were found on the floor,” the source said.
East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar, city SP Karthik S. and other officers, who inspected the crime scene, however, made guarded observations. “It has not been ascertained yet how many assailants had come and who they were. A probe is on,” said the city SP.
Karthik conceded that preliminary investigations suggested that the murder was the collateral damage of a burglary attempt.
Neighbours said Rahul and his family originally hailed from Kanpur and had been staying at Birsanagar Zone No. 3 for the past three years. Two years ago, his father died and he took up their grocery business.
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