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Fatal knife attack

A 52-year-old driver from Bihar, who made routine bus trips to Jamshedpur to deliver chassis manufactured by Tata Motors to customers, was robbed and stabbed to death near Sitaramdera terminus early on Tuesday.

Sudama Singh’s nephew Mritunjay, who too travelled from Madanpur in Aurangabad to Jamshedpur with his uncle every time, managed to escape the morning snatch gang.

According to sources at Sitaramdera, the bus from Bihar reached the terminus around 5am. Sudama and Mritunjay got off with their luggage and went to freshen up on the banks of Subernarekha. While they were returning from the riverbank, a gang of three intercepted them and asked them to surrender cash and belongings.

The uncle-nephew duo offered resistance and the gang launched a knife attack. “Younger and agile, Mritunjay escaped with torn shirt sleeves. Sudama became the sole target. As he still clung to his luggage, the trio stabbed him repeatedly. When he collapsed in a pool of blood, they relieved him of his wallet that was later known to contain Rs 4,000,” said Dilip Yadav, a witness who admitted he was too scared to intervene.

Yadav added that by the time Mritunjay returned with a couple of policemen around 6am, the criminals were gone and his uncle had bled to death. Later, police sent the body to MGM Medical College in Dimna for post-mortem.

Officer-in-charge of Sitaramdera police station S.D. Singh said the victim had sustained six stab wounds in the chest, lower abdomen, shoulder and hands. “It is a case of loot and murder. The victim’s nephew saved his own life by running away from the spot. We are trying to identify and nail the culprits,” he added.

After post-mortem, Mritunjay took his uncle’s body back to Aurangabad for his last rites.