Jamini Sarkar at Raiganj district hospital on Friday. Picture by Nantu Dey
Raiganj, April 13: A trader was killed and his brother injured last night when a Class VIII student attacked them with a dagger after a girl in their family had rejected the boys’ proposals.
Police said the 14-year-old boy is absconding. The injured man is the girl’s father and is undergoing treatment in Raiganj district hospital.
Sources said the student of Parbati Sundari High School had gone to the girl’s house in Fatepur near Kaliaganj, 24km from here, around 8pm yesterday and dropped a packet in her room. The girl is a Class VIII student in another school.
The girl’s mother spotted the boy before he could flee. “I saw someone standing in the dark outside the window of my daughter’s room. When I shouted, I saw a boy running away and he threw a packet inside the room,” said Dipali Sarkar.
Hearing the noise, the girl ran to her mother from another room. They opened the packet and found a letter and some obscene photographs.
“I understood that it was the handiwork of the boy who used to disturb my daughter when she went to her school and private tuition. She had told me that the boy had proposed to her several times and he insisted on a relationship. My daughter had rejected his proposals and she used to avoid him,” said the mother.
She added that the boy had been disturbing her daughter for almost six months.
When the girl’s father Jamini Sarkar and uncle Nikhil returned home, Dipali narrated the incident to them.
“My husband and brother-in-law went to Arijit’s house, also in Fatepur, to talk to his parents. They also told the boy not to disturb my daughter,” Dipali said. Few minutes after Jamini and Nikhil returned home, they heard the boy calling out to Nikhil from outside the house.
“The boy came to our house and started making noise. When my brother-in-law opened the door, the boy suddenly slashed his throat with a dagger. When my husband rushed out, the boy stabbed him too. He attacked them indiscriminately with the dagger and fled ,” said Dipali.
Hearing the commotion, local people came out of their houses and saw Jamini and Nikhil in a pool of blood.
They were taken to Raiganj district hospital, 24km away.
Doctors pronounced Nikhil, 35, dead on arrival. Jamini has been hospitalised.
“A murder case has been initiated on the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother,” said Deepankar Bhattacharya, the superintendent of police, North Dinajpur. “The boy is absconding. We are trying to arrest him.”