Officers at Maity’s residence in Kadma on June 10
East Singhbhum police have on Wednesday sent blood samples of nine suspects in the Kadma homemaker murder case, including her husband, to the state-owned Forensic Science Laboratory in Ranchi.
Jharna Maity (38), a resident of Sahara Complex in Kadma’s Ramnagar area, was found dead in the drawing-cum-dining room of her flat on the evening of June 10.
Throat slit, the woman’s blood-soaked body was arranged in a way that suggested rape before murder, but an autopsy ruled out sexual assault. Three weeks on, though the police have not cracked the case, their needle of suspicion points at someone “very close to the victim”.
Blood samples sent to the forensic laboratory include that of Jharna’s 50-year-old husband Kingshuk Maity and brother-in-law Pradeep Maity.
Claiming this step would prove to be an important break-through in the grisly crime, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar said blood sample test results would help them pin down the murderer.
“We had enough reasons to get the blood samples of suspects tested at the capital forensic lab. The victim had scratches caused by somebody’s nails. There were bloodstains, not of the victim, and semen found at the site of murder. We have to find out whose blood sample matches with the stain,” Homkar told The Telegraph.
Though no policeman is coming on record to say so, Jharna may have had an extramarital affair. The theory of someone close to the victim hiring her killers is also not ruled out.
The SSP said during the investigation they found enough evidence to suspect the involvement of the victim’s husband and close relatives.
“But we can’t arrest anyone on the basis of mere suspicion. To get a conviction in a court of law, the police need to be prepared with every evidence necessary. If evidence is based on scientific investigation, the chances of solving the case is maximum,” said Homkar.
However, the SSP refrained from saying why the blood samples of Kingshuk, Pradeep and seven others were sent to the forensic lab.
“The results of the blood sample examinations will be interesting when they come,” he only said.