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HC glare on twin murders

Ranchi, Jan. 29: Jharkhand High Court today directed the state administration to file a counter affidavit and a status report in a case involving the double murder of a newly wed couple that was filed with Pithoria police of Ranchi in December.

A division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy was hearing a public interest litigation filed by one Purushottam Sahu who sought an independent, impartial probe after questioning police investigations.

Sahuís counsel Binod Singh informed the court that the victims, both residents of Lohardaga and belonging to different communities, eloped in October last year. They married against the wishes of their families and left their homes.

On December 14, the girl was found under a bridge in Pithoria police station area.

The girl, who was in a critical condition and taken to hospital for treatment, told the police that her maternal uncle had come in a car, along with a driver named Rahmat, to meet them in Lohardaga.

Two other persons also followed in a two-wheeler.

She added that her husband was taken to a jungle by her uncle, while she was coerced to get into the vehicle. The driver and the two bike-borne men then raped her and threw her under the bridge.

On her statement, the police searched the jungle and recovered the body of her husband on December 14 itself.

The girl succumbed to injuries in the course of treatment, following which the police registered a case against her uncle, the driver and two unidentified men.

The matter will be placed for hearing after a fortnight.