The partly charred body of a jobless young man was found in Lachhugora area under Parsudih police station, on the outskirts of Jamshedpur, on Sunday morning.
Police, who suspect murder over an affair, have identified the victim as Mahesh Leyangi (20), the son of a Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) employee and resident of Nildungri in suburban Sundernagar. The body has been sent to MGM Medical College in Dimna for post-mortem.
Parsudih OC Dayanand Kumar said that preliminary investigations had revealed that Mahesh, a married man, was seeing another girl and they could not rule out the role of her family in the murder.
“The 20-year-old’s partly burnt corpse was found on a heap of straw in an isolated location around 6.30am. A missing report had been registered with Sundernagar police two days ago. A team from there came with the victim’s family members who recognised the body,” said Kumar.
According to relatives, Mahesh’s wife was undergoing nursing training in Ranchi and the couple had to stay away from each other often, which might have fanned an extramarital relationship. “He had come to Nildungri from Gamharia, where his in-laws stay, on a bike three days ago, but left soon. He was never seen again. His father lodged a complaint,” said a relative.
Parsudih police suspect the youth was strangulated around Saturday midnight and his assailants tried to destroy evidence by burning the body. However, they were barely successful as smoke billowing from the straw heap drew the attention of residents and police. The bike is still missing.
On why they suspected an affair behind the murder, OC Kumar said: “The victim’s body was bare when we found him. Punishment of such nature is normally meted out for womanising.” He added that Mahesh’s widow would be interrogated in this connection.
Father Julius Ho said he had no idea who killed his son and why. “Mahesh did nothing for a living. He had married a girl who is undergoing nursing training in Ranchi. Three days ago, he came home and left soon. He stayed with his in-laws in Baskonagar (in Gamharia) most of the time,” Julius said, adding that he did not know whether the youth was seeing another woman.