Patna,(BiharTimes): Mystery shrouds the murder of Assam youth Pritam Bhattarcharjee, the only son of his parents, near Naugachia railway station of Bhagalpur district in Bihar. He left Guwahati for New Delhi on Awadh Assam Express on July 9 but his mutilated body was found under a goods train in Kataria station near Naugachia on 15 July.
Reports now say that GRP has failed to establish any link between the murder and the information they have gathered from Ram Krishna Singh of Khagaria district, who was arrested on July 20. In fact he was caught by a person in a different case but later confessed to the police that his gang was involved in the killing of Pritam too.
It was on the basis of his account that Bajrangi Yadav and Jiten Mandal of Bandehra village in Khagaria were arrested on July 21.
But senior police officials concede that they still do not have any solid evidence of the murder that could match the versions of the arrested persons.
Bhattacharjee, as reported earlier, was on way to New Delhi by Awadh-Assam Express for a PhD enrolment exam. He reportedly gave chase to a group of pick-pockets, who had snatched his bag at Naugachia station. But his body was found six days later near Kataria station on July 15. The bag reportedly contained Rs 40,000.
Media reports said Ram Krishna Singh admitted to his involvement in the crime along with seven other pickpockets operating on trains passing through the Katihar-Mansi section of East Central Railways. All these persons had cases of petty crimes against their names in GRP stations like Katihar and Baruni.
But all this happened after the GRP had announced a cash prize of Rs one lakh for anyone coming up with information about the criminals involved with the murder. Following the announcement, Jaiprakash Mandal, a village head of Rangra handed over Ram Krishna Singh to the Naugachia sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Ramashankar Roy. Jaiprakash claimed that when he was returning to Naugachia from Katihar by a passenger train on July 20, he caught Singh trying to steal money from his shirt.
Though the DGP Abhayanand said that the police have got some important leads and the investigation is now proceeding in the right direction the police in Naugachia are yet to make any breakthrough.
Meanwhile, there is resentment and anger among the people in Assam over the killing and slow police response in this case. They questioned the tall claim of good law and order situation in Bihar.