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Sand trader shot dead in Adityapur

Jamshedpur, March 30: Unidentified criminals shot dead a 35-year-old man on Wednesday near S-Type area on the Tata-Kandra Road under Adityapur police station area in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

The victim, Deepak Munda was first attacked with two nails bombs, then was shot at in the head and finally stabbed in the chest. Consequently, he died at the spot in his SUV.

Munda, a JMM activist and a resident of adjoining Saldih Bustee in Adityapur, was having tea, when the unidentified criminals came on three motorcycles and attacked him. Soon after committing the crime, the miscreants fled towards Gamharia, but not before ensuring that Munda was dead.

As the news spread, Arvind Kumar, police officers from Adityapur police station, rushed to the spot. Kumar subsequently removed the body to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem.

Later, Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police, Indrajeet Mahatha reached the spot and inspected the spot as well as the SUV.

Raja, who was sipping tea with Munda at the time of the crime, confirmed that he was with the victim at the time of the attack, but he could not identify the assailants. “I am in state of shock and don’t recognize the assailants. I heard the explosion at the SUV’s driving seat window. Soon I ran behind the SUV for cover. I heard two gun-shots also,” said Raja while talking to the newsmen.

Raja said the S-Type area was Munda’s regular meeting point, where he used to come every morning.

Mahatha, while talking to newsmen, claimed that they have detected the main person involved in Munda’s murder, but due to absence of any substantial evidence they are not able to disclose his name. He pointed out that from the initial probe it appears that the murder took place due to some kind of rivalry in sand trading.

“It is early to make any comment, but as per our information the murder victim, Munda, was not directly involved in the sand trading. Instead, he was an associate of one Bobby Singh of Adityapur, who recently got the environment clearance (EC) for sand lifting from Kharkai River.

There were few others who were competing for the EC. As Munda was the right hand of Bobby, a rival must have eliminated him,” said the superintendent of police.

He pointed out Munda had a criminal background and was accused in the cases like Arms Act, extortion and attempted murder, but since the past five years he was concentrating on the business activities with Bobby Singh.

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