A murder a day keeps the police hunting away.
Ranchi’s men in uniform seem to be beating about the bush as gun-toting assailants on bikes go on a killing spree in and around the capital, with their latest prey being a land broker and father of four who is the fourth victim in six days.
Deendayal Sahu (35), a resident of Lower Hatia, was shot on the temple and neck near a bridge over Nakti river between Hatia Chowk and National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT) in Jagannathpur area, 15km from the city, around 5.15am on Tuesday.
Sahu, who owned auto-rickshaws and dealt in land, was riding his motorcycle to the railway station when two men on a bike targeted him from close range, a local resident told police.
City SP Anoop Birtharay said and FIR had been registered at Jagannathpur police station.
OC Ratan Singh said the victim’s widow, Baby Devi, had given her statement, but had not named any suspect. “Preliminary investigations suggest personal enmity,” he said vaguely, adding that the land broker was survived by three daughters, all below 15, and a son aged 16.
The incident sparked angry protests and residents blocked the Ranchi-Khunti road for three hours from 7.30am, disrupting movement of school buses. Sources said Sacred Heart School had to suspend classes because its buses could not leave campus to pick up students. Bridgeford School, on the other hand, diverted its buses via Ring Road near Sithio.
Tuesday’s was the fourth murder in suburban Ranchi with almost identical modus operandi.
Between June 18 and June 23, three people were shot dead by men on bikes in Tupudana, Lalpur and Nagri, triggering speculation over an emerging trend of supari killing in the capital, a theory vehemently rejected by Ranchi police top brass who have failed to crack any of the cases.
Sanjeev Sahu (35), a furniture trader, was shot at near Chandori Talab in Chutia police station area when he was on his way to to drop his son at Oxford School from their residence at Kali Mandir Lane in Lower Bazaar.
The incident took place around 8am on Tuesday. Sahu has been admitted to Apollo Hospitals with a bullet wound on his right chest. Chutia OC Vijay Kumar Singh said the victim was ambushed and they were probing why.
Why is law and order in the state is a mess?
GUNS & GOONS
June 23: Two unidentified men on a bike pump four bullets into 45-year-old night guard Sylvestor Tirkey’s body in Nachiyatu market, 18km from Ranchi
June 20: Two men on a motorcycle launch fatal gun assault on land broker Kundan at Mukti Sharan Lane in Lalpur area of city
June 18: Again, two men on a bike shoot dead another land broker, Lal Ashok Nath Shahdeo (40), near Tupudana Chowk