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Burnt bodies in car identified

Police have finally been able to ascertain the identity of the four charred bodies that were found in a gutted car off GT Road on Barhi-Barkatha border in Hazaribagh district on March 15.

The dead are Cuttack businessman Mukund Mehar (47), his wife Rita Mehar (42) and their 16-year-old daughter Puja and 10-year-old son Akash.

“The Mehars were a business family from Furka and owned a rice mill. Our investigations have revealed that Mukund had taken a huge loan of around Rs 15 crore and was not in a position to repay it. Now, we have to find out whether he and his family committed suicide after coming under pressure to repay the money or it was a murder,” sub-divisional police officer of Barhi Awinash Kumar told The Telegraph.

Hazaribagh police, who could not find the car’s numberplate, worked on the engine number to trace the car to the Odisha city.

According to a police officer, a team was sent to Cuttack on the night of March 15.

“On that day, we came to know that the car was sold by an agency, OLS Motor Private Limited, in 2006. The police team visited the agency and found out that one Mukund Mehar, a businessman, had purchased the car but never visited their workshop for servicing,” said the officer.

The team then visited the Mehars’ residence in Furka, but didn’t find them. Investigations eventually confirmed that the family was in the car that was found charred.

“The Mehar family had been untraceable since March 13. We are working on all the possible angles and will solve the case soon,” Kumar said.


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