The bodies of a young man and his fiancée were found buried in a forest under Murhu police station area of Khunti district on Thursday evening.
Police said that, while possibility of woman being subjected to sexual assault, was not yet ruled out, there were working on all possible angles to ascertain the identity and motive of the culprits. A case of murder has been registered at Murhu police station in this connection.
Khunti Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said, “The bodies have been identified. The two were living together. How they reached the forest area and the identity of the killers is being ascertained. We are working on various aspects.”
According to the police, some villagers of Hatudih in Murhu area spotted bloodstains in the nearby forests of Pokla on Thursday morning. They alerted the police. A team reached the spot. Tracing the blood stains, it reached a point where it appeared that bodies could be lying buried. The area magistrate was then informed and, in his presence, the workers started digging up the area by afternoon.
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The man was identified as Tintus Bodra, son of Singrai Bodra, a resident of Hatudih. The woman was later identified as a resident of Konda Bandgaon in Torpa area of the district. Both of them were in their mid-20s.
“Their bodies were found half-naked. Their heads were smashed. The post mortem has been conducted. We are awaiting the report,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Khunti) Ranvir Singh.
Singh added that the police were not ruling out the possibility of sexual assault before murder going by the circumstances under which the bodies were found.
The police have found three aadhar cards from the person of the man, one of which was his own. “We are examining the identity and the movements of the two others, whose Aadhar cards were found on the spot,” said Singh.
Initial investigations have revealed that Tintus and the young woman were already engaged and were living together. “There is a custom among the tribal called ‘lota-pani’, in which a young man and woman are allowed to live together after their parents have agreed to their marriage,” said the SDPO.
While Tintus did not have a permanent job, the woman was pursuing graduation in a Khunti college. Tintus’ father was a farmer. The woman’s father had died long ago and her mother used to support her.
The police are working on different possibilities, as of now. “A third person apparently not happy with the couple’s impending marriage could have joined hands with his associates to kill them and bury their bodies in the forest. A detailed investigation is on,” said Singh.