Skeleton of a Bihar merchant found in the Garhwa district of Jharkhand after 104 days

Skeleton of a Bihar merchant found in the Garhwa district of Jharkhand after 104 days

Later, Mithlesh’s brother, Umashankar Prasad, paid 10 lakh ransom on June 11, but this did not lead to his brother’s safe return as promised.

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 7, 2021, 02:32 PM IST

Jharkhand police recovered the skeletons of two people late Monday, including that of a cloth merchant from Aurangabad, Bihar, from a forest area in Garhwa district.

The cloth merchant Mithlesh Prasad (68) and his driver Shrawan Prajapati were abducted on May 25 by gunmen around 11:15 pm in the Kanda Valley of Palamu district as they returned from Chhattisgarh after visiting Prasad’s daughter. Prasad’s wife, Rita Devi, who was released by the kidnappers, filed a police case against unidentified criminals.

Later, Mithlesh’s brother, Umashankar Prasad, paid 10 lakh ransom on June 11, but this did not lead to his brother’s safe return as promised. “The kidnappers assured us that we will find our brother in Hariharganj Bazar, Palamu, but he never returned,” Umashankar said. After June 13, the kidnapper’s phone was turned off.

Mithlesh’s younger brother, Sanjay Prasad, petitioned the Ranchi Superior Court for instructions from the state police to locate his brother.

Palamu (SP) Police Chief Chandan Kumar Sinha told HT that two story writers were arrested after a tip and confessed their involvement in the case and also revealed the names of three other defendants. The detainees were identified as Premnath Yadav, his relative Ajay Yadav, Amresh Yadav, Shafik Ansari and Omprakash Chandravansi. They confessed to collecting the ransom after killing Mithlesh and his driver. The gang’s mastermind, Premnath Yadav, was a member of the police stationed in Deoghar, police said.

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Police recovered from their possession four rifles, 80 cartridges, a Swift Dezire car, a bicycle and four cell phones, in addition to the clothes, shoes and slippers of the two victims. The defendants told police they killed the victims on June 1 and dumped their bodies after holding them hostage on a descent in Ramkanda, 40 miles from the Kanda Valley.

According to Premnath’s confession, the police recovered the buried bodies from the Pundaga forest on Monday in the presence of a scientific team. The skeletons have been sent for DNA analysis.

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