A Muslim youth was found dead in Palamu on Sunday, days after two Muslim cattle traders were found hanging from a tree in the neighbouring Latehar’s district.
The body of 25-year-old Iquabal aka Ladan was recovered from the Koel river bed under the Town police station area of Daltonganj town on Sunday morning. Ladan was the son of a Panchayat Samiti member from Shahpur North area, Nisha Khatun.
According to the police, Ladan’s throat was slit with a sharp edged weapon. His body was sent for autopsy to the Palamu district hospital.
Palamu superintendent, Mayur Patel said investigations indicated Ladan was killed by the father and brother of a girl he was in an affair with. Ladan allegedly went to the girl’s house on Saturday night, and was seen misbehaving with her by her family. The girl’s mother has been arrested in the matter.
Ladan’s family members had informed the police that he left home on Saturday night on receiving a phone call during the India-Pakistan T-20 match. He was found dead the next morning.
Police sources said that the youth’s family was being interrogated to ascertain his friends and social group.
On Friday, two people were found hanging from a tree in Latehar in what appeared to be killings linked to a suspected Hindu vigilante group opposed to cow slaughter.