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Khemlata Devi murder case: Police clueless

Jamshedpur, July 4: Even a week after the murder of 43-year-old woman, Khemlata Devi, who was found lying murdered under mysterious condition at her residence at Kadma, the police are yet to get a clue to crack the mystery.

Though forensic science experts came to the city to gather samples and over a dozen suspects, including the murder victim Khemlata Devi’s husband Kartik Ram, have been interrogated, the police are yet to detect the case.

The post-mortem report has reached to the police on Saturday. Although the report has not confirmed the rape angle, the police have reserved some internal parts of the murder victim for further examination through the forensic tests.

Meanwhile, the police have on Saturday sent 18 items to a Ranchi-based forensic lab for analysis pertaining to the Khemlata murder case.  

The items, which have been forwarded for a forensic analysis, include the nails of the murder victim, blood sample, vagina swap and a blood-stained cloth.

Significantly, a shirt belonging to Kartik Ram, which is suspected to have blood stains, has also been sent to Ranchi for a forensic analysis.

Officer in-charge of Kadma police station, Animesh Gupta said they found the murder victim’s blood-stained shirt from an adjoining room where the body was found lying.

“It is really a tough case. The body was lying in the drawing room, but the shirt was found hung in a hook along with other clothes in the adjoining room.  

We, therefore, decided to get a forensic test of the shirt as the bereaved Kartik Ram had no answer to offer,” said Gupta.

The officer-in-charge stated that they sent the items to the Ranchi-based forensic lab through a special messenger after getting court permission in this regard.

“We are waiting for the forensic report. We will be able to conclusively say whether or not the woman had been sexually abused before her murder and whether her husband had any role in it,” said Gupta.

Gupta said they were also trying to find out the call details report of Khemlata’s cell-phone for a clue, besides grilling some of the relatives and neighbors, as they suspect the murder was committed by someone very close to the murder victim.

The body of Khemlata was found lying at her residence on Tansa Road in Kadma late in the night of June 28.

Sources informed that the husband and his kin were not pleased at Khemlata, as she had not borne a child even 20 years since their marriage.

Moreover, there was suspicion in the mind of Kartik Ram (55) who wanted to get CCTV cameras installed at the two-room quarter much to the opposition of his wife.

Interestingly, Kartik, on being grilled by police, said that he wanted to get the CCTV camera installed as he was fond of the surveillance camera.  

Initially, he had revealed that he wanted to get the surveillance gadgets installed for security reason, but his wife was against it.

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