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Report delay in murder case

The state-owned Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Ranchi is yet to send the test reports of blood samples of the nine suspects in the Jharna Maity murder case, thus delaying investigations and preventing police from making any arrest.

Officer in charge of Kadma police station Jaiprakash Rana, who is probing the grisly crime, has now decided to visit the lab in Ranchi on Monday to expedite the process of getting the reports.

Homemaker Jharna Maity (38) was found murdered at the drawing-cum-living room of her flat at Sahara Complex in Ramnagar on the evening of June 10.

Throat slit, the woman’s blood-soaked body was arranged in a way that suggested rape before murder. There was semen, bloodstain and a “gamchha”, but an autopsy ruled out sexual assault.

Police, who suspect that someone close to Jharna killed her, collected the blood samples of nine persons, including her 50-year-old husband Kingshuk Maity and brother-in-law Pradeep Maity, and sent them for tests.

“The Ranchi laboratory has not yet sent the test reports of the blood samples that we sent to it on July 2. As we have gathered that it may take another 15 days for the test reports to arrive, I have decided to go to Ranchi and pursue the matter myself,” said OC Rana.

“Unless the blood test reports are available, we won’t be able to go ahead with investigations while the actual killer continues to be at large,” he added.

Earlier, police had said that during investigations, they found enough evidence to suspect the involvement of the victim’s husband and close relatives.

Though Jharna was alone on that fateful evening and Kingshuk discovered her body after returning from work at 7.15pm, neighbours did not see anyone entering or coming out of the flat.