A day after a woman junior engineer involved with MNREGA work was found dead at her rented office in Ahiyapur, Muzaffarpur and the owner of the property arrested, police are looking into an apparent dispute between the two that could have led to the alleged murder. As Sarita Devi’s body was found charred beyond recognition, police have also asked for the local court’s permission to conduct DNA test of the bone sample, which will be matched with either her parents or her two sons.
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Police said that they had arrested the woman’s landlord, Vijay Kumar Gupta, based on a suspected dispute between the two. Though the 42-year-old victim was posted at Muraul, 45 km from the district town, with an MNREGA project, she was also engaged in real estate business and had reportedly bought some plots in Gupta’s name.
According to the police, Gupta was her business partner. He had an engineering degree, but was unemployed and assisted Sarita, who lived at a house near her rented office. Police also recovered a four-page letter purportedly written by Sarita Devi. The letter, found near a neighbour’s house, stated that Gupta had “made her life hell”. It also mentioned details of money she had lent to some people. Police, however, played down reports of the junior engineer being tied to a chair and burnt.
Muzaffarpur SSP Vivek Kumar said: “There is no eyewitness to the incident. There are no signs to show that the victim was tied up. Rather, the woman could have been killed first, and then set on fire.”
The body could not be sent for post-mortem as it was charred to the bones by the time the police reached the spot.
A police officer said: “We have shown the letter given by Sarita’s neighbour to her younger son, who confirmed that it was her handwriting. We are also sending it to forensic experts.”
Sarita, a resident of Darbhanga, was married, but was staying away from her husband for the last 10 years. She was alone at the time of the incident, as her younger son had gone to Darbhanga.