The railway tracks in Jugsalai near which the body of a 40-year-old man was found on Sunday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The partly charred body of an unidentified 40-year-old man was found along railway tracks behind Baldev bustee in Jugsalai police station area on Sunday morning.
The victim’s face had been battered beyond recognition and had deep gashes. Besides wounds on the face and neck, there were definite signs of assault on the chest.
Police said it was a case of murder and the killers had tried to burn the body to conceal identity of the victim.
Sources said the corpse was first noticed by three ragpickers who rushed back to the slum and informed others. A resident then informed Jugsalai police.
Circle inspector Ashok Giri confirmed murder.
“From the marks of torture on the body it is clear that the man was brought killed. No one has claimed the body yet and we have sent it to MGM Medical College for post-mortem,” he told The Telegraph.
Giri added that the body would be kept at the mortuary for the next 72 hours and then cremated.
The inspector maintained that in order to nail the killers, they would first need to establish the victim’s identity.
“We are searching for clues like driving licence or any other ID in his belongings. Even manufacturer’s sticker on his clothes may help,” the officer said.
Another police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said that murders where assailants tried to burn the victims’ bodies were usually triggered by extramarital affairs.
“In this case too, we suspect that the killing was the outcome of an affair. However, we can be sure only after the victim’s identity is established,” said the officer.
This is the second burnt corpse found in about a week.
On May 18, the body of one Guddu Leyangi (20) was recovered from Lachhugora in Parsudih police station area.
The next day, police cracked the case by arresting the victim’s friend Sukra Samad. Guddu had messed with Sukra’s money and was in a relationship with his girlfriend.