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Teen drowning cuffs for lover

A 24-year-old electrician was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the drowning of two teenagers, including his girlfriend, at the Hundru Falls, some 40km from capital Ranchi, on Tuesday.

Nurul, a native of Imamganj in Gaya district of Bihar who worked in Ranchi’s Dumardaga, 15km from the city, has been sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail after family members of the two girls levelled murder charges against him.

Sikidiri OC Lakshman Singh, who oversees security at the waterfall, confirmed that a murder case had been registered based on the statement of the victims’ kin.

Another officer narrated the chain of events that led to the arrest.

“Victims Khim Kumari Thapa (18) and Sangeeta Kumari (19) were daughters of retired army personnel and neighbours at Sainik Colony in Dumardaga. Khim had an affair with Nurul. Yesterday, the two girls went to Hundru on his bike,” he said.

According to what Nurul told police, Khim slipped into the waters while washing her feet. Sangeeta drowned trying to save her. “The youth has claimed that by the time he rushed to help, both had been carried away by the current,” the officer said.

Local residents later fished out their bodies and informed police who sent them to RIMS for post-mortem.

Nurul was detained on the spot and family members of deceased were also informed.

“The latter charged the youth with murder. They said he had forced the girls to accompany him with the intent to kill. Nurul was produced in court and remanded in judicial custody,” OC Singh said.