Jamshedpur, Nov. 15: Suspected Maoists rebels murdered a private nursing-home owner in the rebel-infested Bindu Hat jungle under Kharsawan police station area in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district here on Tuesday morning.
The murder victim, Yogesh Mishra (40), who was a resident of Behrasai in Kharsawan, had gone to the Binduhaat jungle in his car along with a nurse last afternoon. The rebels have allowed the nurse to return home past midnight, but held the businessman in their hideout.
The nurse, who is a 25-year-old tribal girl and resident of the same village, informed the police past midnight, leading a police party and CRPF team entering into the Binduhaat jungle located 15kms away from Kharsawan.
After carrying out a search in the area, the police discovered the mutilated body of the businessman. He had been murdered with a sharp-edged weapon and his SUV was torched.
The police have recovered the body and sent it to the Seraikela Sub-divisional Hospital for autopsy this morning.
Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police, Indrajeet Mahatha confirmed it to be a rebel-sponsored murdered.
” We are investigating the incident. The nurse who went along the nursing-home owner to the rebels hideout is in our custody. We are questioning her to know about the relation between the murder victim and the rebels,” said Mahatha. He said as the nurse is the only witness to the visit to the rebels hideout, she would definitely unfold the mystery behind the murder of the nursing-home owner.
The superintendent of police said that from the statement made by the nurse and the family members of the murder victim they assume that the murder might have been committed due to a failed deal of change of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
“After probing and questioning the nurse, we gather that the nursing-home owner Mishra had link with the rebel outfit. Therefore, he had gone to a place like Bindu Hat jungle on being summoned by the rebels. We are getting inputs that he was murdered after a proposal of old currency notes exchange put before Mishra was rejected by him,” said Mahatha.
The murder victim has a 12-year-old daughter and runs a medical store besides the nursing-home at Kharsawan.
Sources also said that they suspected that Mishra might have link with the rebel outfit otherwise he would not have dared gone to a remote area like Bindu Haat along with a nurse of his nursing-home.
Mahatha said that after recovering the body they have launched a combing operation Bindu Hat jungle and its adjoining areas, but as of now no trace of the rebels could be found.