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Assam’s ‘Stoneman’ resurfaces
Published on 6 Jan. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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The recovery of a body with the head smashed at Fatasil Ambari Monday morning has brought back memories of the serial killer “stoneman”. A blood-smeared stone was found lying beside the body. Police suspect he died after being hit on the head with the stone. The style of murder resembles that of the “stoneman” who stalked the city and created mass phobia last year. The “stoneman” would choose his victims from among pavement dwellers and bludgeon them with a stone at the dead of night. Around 12 such attacks were reported in the city last year and most of them occurred in January and February. According to a report in The Telegraph, residents told the police that the victim, in his mid-thirties, used to earn his living doing odd jobs and spent his nights on the footpath. Last night, too, he lay asleep on the footpath near the Assam State Electricity Board colony at Fatasil Ambari when he was killed. The police also spotted ligature marks on the neck and injury marks on thighs, which suggest that he was also strangled. Mohammad Rinku Rahman, a pan shop owner, spotted the body around 8am and informed Bharalumukh police station. “A team was immediately sent to the spot. We are now trying to identify the victim,” a police source said. “Someone told us that the name of the victim was Rajesh and he hails from Nalbari. We are trying to confirm it.” The source said the attack resembles the mur- ders committed by the “stoneman”, but should not be immediately seen as his return. “The murder is under investigation. Nothing can be said decisively before the probe is over.” He said the victim was a frequent tippler and there was a possibility that he may have made some enemies during his regular visits to local liquor dens. The police have registered a murder case at Bharalumukh police station and the post-mortem examination was conducted at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital following an inquest by an executive magistrate. No police officer was willing to go on record on the “stoneman angle” but the source confirmed that they were looking into it. “It could be the handiwork of the stoneman because he usually strikes during January and February. Not only last year, between December 2007 and February 2008, too, five pavement dwellers were attacked in a similar manner,” the source said.

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