Bihar: 4 arrested for killing budding engineer in Purnia

PATNA: The murder in broad daylight of a first-year engineering student Harsh Kumar Jha in Purnia on Tuesday was the result of an argument with one of his friends over a trivial matter, police said on Thursday.
Purnia SP Dayashankar said the deceased’s four friends, including prime suspect Sanu, have been arrested based on scientific evidence. The illegal weapon used in the crime has also been seized by the police.
An investigation revealed that Sanu had shot Harsh at the home of his associate Jyoti Prakash around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a verbal duel. However, he and his friends tried to trick the police by making up another story. Sanu, Jyoti Prakash and Divyanshu Raj had previously told police that Harsh had been shot by unidentified armed criminals on Aug. 24 as they were en route to DAV Chowk from Manjali Chowk under the Madhubani Police Post on a motorcycle.
However, the police suspected a crime as none of the three had bloodstains on their clothing.
The SP said that Sanu, Jyoti Prakash, his brother Jyoti Deep and Divyanshu cleaned blood stains on the floor to hide the truth. But they broke off during a lengthy interrogation and confessed to their crime, he added.
A day before the incident, Harsh, a freshman from a technical college in Bhubaneswar, had attended the birthday party hosted by Jyoti Prakash at Chunapur Bridge. As they came late to the birthday celebration, Sanu, Divyanshu and Harsh stayed at Jyoti’s residence. The next morning, Sanu had an altercation with Harsh over a trivial matter.
Agitated, Sanu pulled out a gun and fired at Harsh, killing him on the spot. During a search of Jyoti’s house, the police recovered the weapon, which will be sent to the forensics lab for ballistics examination.
The SP said the case would be listed for a speedy trial, as all the suspects have already been arrested and sent to jail. Jyoti Prakash’s brother Jyoti Deep has been charged with complicity in crime.
Earlier, the father of the deceased, Kamlesh Jha, told police that Harsh had come to Purnia during the lockdown after his university in Bhubaneswar closed.

Rahul Singh
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