| Sanjay Kumar Mahto in custody on Monday. (Pankaj Singh)
A youth, who killed his senior at job after the latter sniffed a scam, was arrested on Monday, almost three weeks after the victims decomposed body was found in a park in Bokaro steel city.
Sanjay Kumar Mahto (29) was rounded up from his Sector II home at 9.30am along with the wire used to strangulate Sudhir Kumar (31) and two ATM cards that belonged to the deceased. Bokaro City police are hunting for Mahtos five partners in the crime Vishwajit Kumar, Arun Tewary, Om Prakash, Binod Kumar and Santosh Kumar, all in their late twenties.
DSP Anil Shankar said the victim had been working as the key agent of a Mumbai-based consultancy firm, which legally hires labourers from the coal belt region, for over three years. As agent, Sudhir Kumar charged Rs 3,000 for one-time registration, while the workers earned Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 every month.
Last year, Mahto and the others joined as sub-agents. They soon exercised their clout to swindle every unemployed youth of Rs 15,000 as registration charge.
The scam came to Kumars knowledge four months ago when 20 youths did not land jobs in Mumbai and returned to Bokaro to claim their money back. While Kumar said he would give each Rs 3,000, they insisted that they had paid more.
Being the main agent of the firm, Kumar hauled up his juniors and thus earned their ire. On June 19, the group of six went to the victims house around 6pm and asked him to accompany them to City Park to speak on the matter.
An altercation took place and the youths strangulated him to death, grabbed his ATM cards and dumped the body in a thiket.
Police found the body almost a week later. Kumars younger brother Anil identified it. We tracked mobile records of the accused. Today, we raided his Sector II residence and arrested him. He has confessed to his crime, DSP Shankar said.