The bloated body of a 15-year-old schoolboy was recovered on Sunday from Dimna Lake in Bodam police station area on the outskirts of Jamshedpur, with the teenager’s elder brother claiming murder.
Kishan Kumar Singh, a Class X student of a state-run high school in Sitaramdera and a Sakchi resident, had been missing since May 2 morning. His body decomposed beyond recognition, family members identified him by his shirt and trousers.
Police had contacted his family after a piece of paper with three cellphone numbers as well as a debit card of elder brother Sanjay Kumar Singh were found inside the trousers.
One of the phone numbers belonged to Sakchi-based Arjun Singh, Kishan’s uncle, with whom the two brothers had been staying. Their parents are based in Bihar.
Circle inspector (Patamda) Anjani Kumar Tiwary, who looks after Bodam thana area, said though there was no injury mark on the body, blood had been found inside the victim’s mouth.
“Prima facie, it can be either suicide or murder, as both internal injury and drowning leads to blood in the mouth. Only an autopsy can establish the real cause. The body was in water for at least 48 hours. It is impossible to state anything with finality now,” Tiwary said. He added that the body had been sent to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.
Elder brother Sanjay, in his early 20s and an employee in a Mango firm, has told police he suspects foul play.
Police have taken Sanjay’s statement but are not divulging much. Patamda circle inspector said they would register a case of murder against unknown person or persons as the victim’s brother had expressed his suspicions that the boy had been murdered.
Sanjay told The Telegraph his brother might have been murdered, but did not specify why. He added Kishan had not gone to school on May 2. “He told uncle he was going to Sakchi Old Book Store to buy books. He did not return.”