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Affair whiff in nurse murder

- Diary pointer to strained relationship

A nurse was murdered late on Sunday night allegedly over an illicit relationship going sour.

Police on Monday claimed that they had identified the person who killed the 30-year-old nurse, Neetu Devi, near Munnachak late on Sunday night. The breakthrough, an officer said, came when the police found a diary of the victim, in which she used to pen the “ups and downs” of her life.

Neetu worked as a nurse at Munnachak-based Radhika Nursing Home for the past four months. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Patrakar Nagar police station that had witnessed the daylight loot and murder of 39-year-old Purushottam Mishra on April 2.

“Neetu Devi was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon on her neck around 11.30pm, a few metres from the nursing home where she worked. There were not many people around when the incident occurred. The woman struggled for some time and then died on the spot. After investigation, we suspect that Neetu’s brother-in-law, Neeraj, had killed her. Neetu came from Godda district in Jharkhand, while her in-laws stay in Pakur district of the neighbouring state,” a police officer said.

Neeraj is her husband’s younger brother.

Neetu, the victim, used to live alone on the first floor of the nursing home. “We searched her room and found a diary. Her cellphone, too, was recovered. She had the habit of writing about the developments in her life in the diary. We learnt from the diary that her husband, Manoj Singh, worked in Mumbai for years. Against this backdrop, Neetu entered into a relationship with Neeraj, who stayed in Godda,” the officer said.

He added that once she got a job in Patna and moved here, Neeraj used to visit her frequently. “The diary stated that in the past few months, their relationship turned bitter and Neetu feared for her life. How the relationship went sour is yet to be ascertained as Neeraj is missping,” the officer said.

The police claimed that Neeraj had come to Patna on April 19. “We suspect that Neeraj had visited the city with the intention to kill Neetu. We have checked her cellphone records and found that Neeraj had called her at 10.23pm on Sunday. It seems Neeraj had asked her to come to Munnachak. The phone records show frequent conversations between the two on Sunday. She must have met Neeraj and the murder followed,” the officer said.

The police tried calling Neeraj but his cellphone was switched off. “Why Neeraj allegedly killed Neetu is not known. A team has been sent to Godda. We can establish the motive only after Neeraj is found,” the officer said.

The police, on the other hand, are in the dark over the murder of Purushottam Mishra. The employee of the Patrakar Nagar-based Shivam Hospital was shot dead in front of a bank and Rs 12 lakh was snatched from him in daylight on April 2. “We have leads but they are being verified,” the police said when asked about the case.


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