A Dhanbad jeweller was found dead, his face battered beyond recognition, in dense undergrowth near a college in Jharia, 12km from town, on Tuesday morning.
Mohan Agarwal (52), a resident of Patel Nagar in Hirapur, was identified from the driving licence in his pocket.
Family members last saw the owner of Tirupati Jewellers when he left home for his Park Market store around 8.30pm on Monday. They were preparing to lodge a missing complaint with Sadar police in the morning, when the news of a body found near RSP College, 12km from Hirapur, around 9am reached them.
Jharia police, who recovered the body later in the day and sent it for post-mortem, said Agarwal’s face had been disfigured with the help of a heavy object like a boulder. There were also deep gashes, suggesting the use of a sharp weapon.
The gruesome murder triggered repercussions in the coal capital, with traders at Park Market downing shutters for the day in protest. A delegation from Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry also met DSP (law and order) Amit Kumar and demanded immediate arrests.
They expressed their concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation in the entire district and urged Kumar for protection. Chamber president Rajiv Sharma stressed that Agarwal’s brutal killing had shocked the business community and made them feel insecure.
DSP Kumar said police were probing an enmity angle. “The way the jeweller has been murdered reeks of vendetta. However, we are yet to lay hands on substantial evidence in that regard. Investigations are on,” he added.
A middle-aged man was arrested on Tuesday for butchering his 21-year-old “undisciplined” son on Monday evening.
Bhola Thakur (50), a resident of Manpur in Chandankyari block, 38km from the steel city, flew into a fit of rage when Mukul tore currency notes, amounting to Rs 700, and flung it on his father’s face.
According to the complaint lodged by the victim’s mother with Amlabad police, Mukul had been selected for the Indian Army and he wanted Rs 2,000 from his father to make some necessary purchases before joining his posting.
Bhola, a farmer, could manage only Rs 700, which upset the youth. An hour after the spat, the angry father hit him on the head with an axe. Mukul died on the spot.