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Teacher shot dead in sleep

Malda, April 21: A schoolteacher was shot dead by unidentified persons while he was asleep in his house near Harishchandrapur early this morning.

The gang fired at Dinabandhu Das through the open window of his thatched house around 1am in Hardamangarh, about 90km from Malda.

Harishchandrapur police and his family members are in the dark about the motive behind the murder. Police sources said two bullets had been recovered from the body which has been sent to the Malda District Hospital morgue.

The 26-year-old youth had joined as maths teacher at Mashaldahbazar High School only eight months ago and had got married within a month of getting the job.

Toompa Das, the victim’s wife, said she had been woken up by the groans of her husband and found him lying in a pool of blood. “I raised the alarm and other members of the family and neighbours rushed in. He was taken to Harishchandrapur hospital where he was pronounced brought-dead,” said Toompa, who is expecting.

Son of a day labourer, Dinabandhu had worked hard to establish himself. He obtained honours degree in mathematics from Malda College and started his career as a private tutor. After clearing the School Service Commission, Dinabandhu joined the job in September.

Once Dinabandhu settled down in, his father Gour Das stopped doing day wage jobs. “We have no idea of who my son’s enemy is,” said the distraught father. The tragedy has robbed the mother of speech.

The headmaster of the school, Abdul Kalam Azad, and other teachers visited Dinabandhu’s house after the news spread.

The superintendent of police of Malda, Bhuban Mondal, said an inquiry had started under the supervision of a deputy superintendent of police. “I will also visit the house and the school. His family members, neighbours and colleagues are being questioned,” said Mondal.

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