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Khemlata Devi murder case: Medical board to investigate rape angle,

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Jamshedpur, June 30: The medical board has reserved the findings of autopsy performed on the body of Khemlata Devi, wife of Tata Steel employee, to further examine the rape angle.

It is suspected that the murder victim had been sexually abused before being stabbed to death. However, the police are yet to confirm about the rape angle in the murder.

The 43-year-old victim was murdered at her residence on Tansa Road in Kadma late on Tuesday night. Khemlata’s last rites were performed at Parvati Ghat in Bistupur on Thursday morning after a funeral procession was taken out from her parents’ house in Sonari.

While  48 hours have lapsed since Khemlata was brutally murdered in a densely-populated area like the T.R Type area in Kadam, the police have not been able to get any clue to the assailants involved in the crime.

“It is a complicated case and we need to work on all the angles. We are making all efforts to find out a clue and nab the killer,” said officer in-charge of Kadma police station, Animesh Gupta.

Gupta confirmed that the woman was found with very scantily covered clothes when her husband Kartik Ram first discovered her body at their residence.

“As per our findings she was murdered with very little clothes on her body. Apparently, there was no sign of rape.  Therefore, the case has become tougher to crack,” said the officer in-charge.  He said as the murder was committed by someone very close with the victim’s family.

Late last night, the police t picked up four persons who had gathered at a residential quarter adjoining that of Kartik Ram on Tansa Road a day before his wife was murdered. 

The officer in-charge said that the relation between husband and wife was not cordial, as they had a tiff over installing CCTV camera at the residence.

“We have come to know that Kartik Ram (55) wanted to get CCTV cameras at his residence where as Khemlata used to oppose it. We have come to know about the reason behind Kartik’s move for installing the surveillance camera in the two-room residential quarter,” said Gupta. 

Meanwhile, Kartik Ram claimed on Thursday that the assailants have decamped with gold ornaments from his almirah in addition to two cell-phones.

A senior police officer said when Kartik had wanted to search the keys to lock the almirah, he discovered that the ornament boxes kept in the locker were empty and the jewelry was missing. The police are yet to get a formal complaint about the stolen ornaments.

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