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Fifth arrest in skeleton mystery

Police have made a fifth arrest in connection with the recovery of human bones from a plot in Bansdroni.

Debendra Prasad Dubey, a building material supplier and an alleged member of an arms racket, was arrested in Bansdroni’s Rania on Monday night.

The police suspect the skeletal remains are that of Madan Roy, an alleged arms smuggler who has been missing for more than two years.

Prime accused Gnansagar Sharma is absconding, the police said. “He ran an illegal arms factory from his house in Bansdroni. We are also looking for Madan’s wife Sabitri, who could not be traced since Saturday,” said an officer.

Sleuths have spoken to Sharma’s wife Durgati and the couple’s 20-year-old son Indrajit. “We suspect Sharma is hiding somewhere in Bihar, his home state. Sabitri might be with him. Sharma’s wife and son have told us that they did not have any relation with him for a couple of years,” the officer said. “We have come to know that Gnansagar was wanted in Bihar in a number of cases, including illegal arms sale.”

On Saturday, the police had arrested two men — Pratap Bag and Raju Roy — after the body of Surjyadeb Panda, a 30-year-old resident of the area, was dug out of a marshy land near his house in Rania. Panda had been missing since May 12.

An interrogation of the duo led to the arrest of two more men — Bablu Jadav and Kedarnath Singh. “After interrogating Jadav and Singh, we have come to suspect that Sharma had killed Roy,” said an officer. All the arrested men have been charged with murder and dealing in arms. They have been remanded in police custody.