A 40-year-old owner of a small nursing home in a village was killed and his vehicle torched by suspected Maoists under Kuchai police station area of Seraikela Kharsawan district. The incident came to light in the early hours Tuesday.
The police suspect that the Maoists killed him after he refused to help them in turning their black money into white. However, they added that the probe would take time.
An FIR has been registered against a local Maoist leader, Maharaj Pramanik, and his associates. Search and combing operations are being conducted along with the CRPF.
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According to the police, Yogesh Mishra, a resident of Behra Sai village under Kuchai police station area, had gone with a nurse of the hospital in his Bolero jeep to a forest near Rai Sindri hills Monday evening. Thereafter, he did not return.
The nurse, who was allegedly allowed to return by the Maoists, reached the police station late Monday night. She told the police that the Maoists had detained Mishra nearly 15 km from his village deep in the forest. A search operation was launched and the police recovered the body around 1.30 am.
“There were signs of injury by a sharp weapon and his Bolero was charred. We are recording the statement of the nurse, who was the first informant. Search and combing operations are on,” said Seraikela Kharsawan SP Indrajeet Mahatha.
He added that Mishra was known to be in touch with Maoist cadres. “But this was in connection with the treatment he provided. He apparently knew them and had developed a rapport. His family members indicated there were a couple of calls in the last few days when there was talk of how to deal with demonetisation. But we don’t have evidence. We are probing the angle,” Mahatha said.