The Patna police on Friday claimed to have unravelled the mystery behind the gruesome killing of noted Patna University history teacher Prof Papiya Ghosh and her maidservant.
The police have described it as a case of dacoity leading to twin murders. Four, out the five involved, have been arrested and the looted articles, including her Maruti car, recovered.
The Director General of Police Ashish Ranjan Sinha told mediapersons that the crime was committed by a group of five youngsters active in Patliputra and Digha areas. While two, Ashish Kumar Rai (Chapra) and Manohar Kumar Thakur (Arwal), both 19, were unemployed, the third Shankar Sao (22) is the son of a driver of Don Bosco teacher and the fourth, Anil Kumar Oraon (22), a part time newspaper vender, has been working as a domestic help in SBI Colony for the last 10 years, he said.
He said that the fifth criminal and a conspirator, who provided them the lead and details of her routine, are yet to be arrested. "On the fateful night, the criminals entered Papiya's house through the main gate, which was not locked. There was no sign of forcible entry as the door of the house was ajar. Their motive was to loot valuables but on being resisted, they stabbed the house owner and her maid and later decamped with the looted articles in her Maruti car," he said.
Soon after the incident, which took place on the night of December 2 and 3, a special team headed by Patna senior SP Kundan Krishnan and DSP (Law and Order) Kumar Amar Singh was constituted. "Since it was a blind case and there was no clue, the police started its investigation from a scratch in a professional manner. Slowly, the mystery was unravlled leading to the arrest of four accused and recovery of looted articles from different places in the city," the DGP said.
Apparently pleased with the breakthrough within 13 days of the incident, which created a public outcry and even forced the chief minister to make a statement on the floor of the House, the DGP said, "I commend the Patna police for solving the case in a short span and saving the honour of the police administration. The police officials engaged in the investigation will be suitably rewarded."
When asked whether the reward money of Rs 50,000 announced by the state police helped in providing lead from the public, Sinha replied in the negative and said that it would go to the police team. Ruling out the involvement of any politician he said, "Nothing of the kind has come to light so far."
Sinha, however, refused to divulge the name of the killer, saying investigations were still on. "It will not be proper to name the killer and the conspirator as it may hamper the investigation," he said and added that the trial of those arrested would be conducted on a priority basis.
Besides the knife used in the crime, the police recovered a music system, computer, TV, mobile, phone set, gas oven, bank cheques, foreign currency and the missing lock of the main gate. The Maruti car was recovered from a deserted garage in Kurji-Balupar area.