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Infidelity whiff in murder

Jamshedpur homemaker Jharna Maity, who was found dead with her throat slit at her Kadma apartment on Tuesday evening, might have paid with her life for having an extramarital affair, sources in the police said on Friday.

Two persons, including a local cable operator of Ramnagar area where the residential Sahara Complex is located, are being interrogated. The detentions have triggered speculation that the 38-year-old victim’s husband, Kingshuk Maity (50), may have hired people to kill her because he suspected she was unfaithful.

The spotlight had shifted from rape-murder to kin murder, with Kingshuk being a prime suspect, after police found anomalies in statements made by the private firm employee and his neighbours.

While Kingshuk has claimed that he came home for lunch that afternoon and left for work soon thereafter, a neighbour saw him in the evening, an hour before the body was discovered. A security guard too has told police that he never saw the man leave the complex after he came for lunch.

On Wednesday, Kadma police had found Kingshuk’s mobile phone inside his bike’s luggage holder and seized it for scrutiny of call records.

East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar insisted that police were close to cracking the case, but did not speak of an extramarital affair or contract killing in as many words.

“Investigations are on. Though the case is a bit complicated, but we are confident of solving it soon,” the SSP said.

Sources in the police were, however, more candid.

“These posh flats have peepholes on the door. The victim would not have opened the door unless she knew who had come knocking,” said an officer involved with the probe, hinting at the role of an acquaintance who might have been hired for killing her.

The police source added that they had obtained call details record of both Kingshuk’s cellphone and that of deceased Jharna. “After a round of scrutinising of the call records, we have started suspecting that an extramarital affair involving the wife may have been the trigger,” the officer of ASI rank said.

Some of the calls were made to Adityapur, 8km from Kadma, which had prompted raids in the industrial town on Wednesday and quizzing of close relatives of the Maitys. “We still suspect the assailants are residents of Adityapur,” said a police source.

He added that two persons had been detained and they were trying to find out if a gamchha found near the body belonged to one of them.

SSP Homkar said the post-mortem report was awaited from MGM Medical College.