Maoist slogans asking people to boycott polls on the wall of a middle school at Lakra village in Gumla on Thursday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Two persons from Ranchi district, including a ward councillor, were found dead in Latratu Dam in Khunti on Wednesday evening with local villagers pointing a finger at PLFI while police, locked in a jurisdiction spat, couldn’t give much details.
The dead have been identified as Mahadeo Tirkey, ward councillor of Bandheya in the Nagri police station area of Ranchi and Jatru Toppo, an electrician hailing from the same place.
The bodies, found floating in the dam about 30km from Khunti district headquarters in Karra police station area, were identified by relatives.
The two were last seen in Bandheya on March 19.
“Tirkey and Toppo had left Bandheya on a motorbike on March 19. They said that they were going to drop a girl at her home. But we don’t know who the girl was and what she was doing in the village,” said a local resident.
Another villager told The Telegraph that the PLFI might be involved in the twin killings.
However, he could not say whether they had received any threat from the rebels or had any enmity with them.
Police were no less clueless.
Though police of both Ranchi and Khunti confirmed the recovery of the bodies, none could give details.
Ranchi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prabhat Kumar passed the buck on to his Khunti counterpart.
“As the bodies were recovered from a portion of Latratu Dam that comes under Khunti district, information has been sent to police there,” he said.
He, however, added that no missing case had been registered at Nagri police station after Tirkey and Toppo disappeared.
When contacted, Khunti superintendent of police Anis Gupta expressed his inability to give details.
“Kahen hain pata lagane ke liye (Have asked my juniors to find out what had happened),” he said.
Teen found dead
An 18-year-old boy, Ram Munda, was found dead in Kurapurty forests in the Murhu police station area of Khunti district on Thursday.
SP Anis Gupta confirmed the death, but again failed to give any detail. “I will have to find out,” he said.
However, a local resident said that Munda had sustained bullet injuries on his head. “He was last seen picking mahua flowers from the forests on Sunday,” he added.