A 38-year-old woman was found dead, throat slit and clothes dishevelled, at her Kadma residence on Tuesday evening, prompting police to confirm murder and probe rape.
The body of Jharna Maity, who lived in an apartment on the first floor of Sahara Complex in Ramnagar area of Kadma, has been sent to MGM Medical College in Dimna for post-mortem. Police are yet to ascertain who was or how many were involved in the fatal assault on the woman.
Husband Kingshuk Maity, an employee with a small private firm, had last seen Jharna alive in the afternoon when he came home for lunch. Later, when he returned from work around 8pm, Kingshuk found the door to their home ajar. He rushed in to find his wife trussed up and lying lifeless in a pool of blood.
The horrified man’s screams brought neighbours to the scene and they informed Kadma police.
Officer-in-charge Jayprakash Rana led the first investigation team to crime site, while DSP (Headquarters-1) Jagdish Prasad and East Singhbhum SSP-in-charge Shailendra Kumar Sinha too inspected the scene later.
Prasad said Jharna had been murdered and did not rule out the possibility of rape or even gang rape. “There may have been more than one assailant. Circumstantial evidence makes us suspect rape, but we cannot confirm the same before medical examinations. We are investigating every angle,” he added.
Santosh Singh, a neighbour of the Maitys, said they all were shocked at the daring attack in the hitherto safe densely populated locality.