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No lead in Bero triple murder

Ranchi, April 20: Police are yet to make a breakthrough in the Bero triple murder case.

Over 24 hours have passed since three minor boys were shot dead allegedly by rebels in Masu village, about 43km from Ranchi district headquarters.

Deceased Aditya Gope (15), Jeetbahan Mahto (16) and Upendra Mahto (15) had appeared for their matriculation examination recently and were found dead in a crop field yesterday morning.

SP (rural) S.K. Jha said police were conducting frequent raids since yesterday, but had not achieved success.

“It looks like the handiwork of PLFI rebels, but the reason is still unknown. We have raided all suspected locations for leads and have got a few clues, but they are not solid enough to be revealed at this moment,” said Jha.

He added that police were also conducting reference checks on family members of all the deceased to be able to establish some visible links to solve the case. “We will crack the case soon,” Jha claimed.

OC of Bero police station Shiv Kumar Singh, however, dismissed any revenge angle. “None of the boys had any criminal background to indicate so,” he said, adding that a case was registered yesterday immediately after Jeetbahan’s father Suresh Mahto lodged an FIR in which he did not name anyone. Adtiya, Jeetbahan and Upendra were friends and used to study together at SS Plus 2 High School in Bero.

Hailing from very poor families, they also worked as labourers in their spare time to support their parents, who are dependent on agriculture for livelihood.

The trio were sleeping under a cowshed outside Jeetbahan’s house on Friday night when they were woken up by some men around 9pm and taken to a nearby field. The men shot the boys dead.


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