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Butcher suspect in murders

- Man missing since day of Behala slayings
The Bhattacharyas’ home in Behala

Calcutta, Sept. 8: A butcher is among the suspects police are looking for in the murder of cable operator Dipak Bhattacharya, his bedridden mother and their two helps at their Behala home on Thursday.

Police sources told The Telegraph that the butcher, who lives on the outskirts of Behala, had been hired by someone known to the family to kill Dipak and Gouri, who owned two businesses and a considerable amount of wealth.

“The way their throats were slit, we have little doubt that it was the handiwork of someone habituated to hacking. We got some vital clues that helped us identify the butcher. We cannot reveal his identity at the moment,” an officer said. “He has not returned home since Thursday night.”

Dipak, 52, Gouri, in her 70s, and the two helps — Anima Mondal and Moyna Roy — were found dead in four separate rooms of the two-storey house.

Police officers probing the murders suspect that another person from the same locality in Behala who had a business conflict with the Bhattacharyas was involved in the plot.

“The murders seem to be linked to the Bhattacharyas’ family business of running a Siti cable franchise and an electronics shop. Things will be clearer once we arrest the suspects,” the officer said.

The Bhattacharyas had been running the cable television business since 1992 and the shop for the past three decades. After the death of her elder son Biplab, Gouri had been looking after the cable business. Recently, Dipak took over the reins of the business after she broke her ribs in an accident.

Ajit Senapati, the manager of the cable TV business, was grilled at Lalbazar for over four hours today. Gouri’s son-in-law Buddhadeb Mukherjee and granddaughter Debjani were summoned to Thakurpukur police station today and questioned for hours. The employees of the cable TV office and the electronics shop were also grilled.

The police are checking Senapati’s involvement in the day-to-day running of the business and collection of subscriptions from customers.

The police had said yesterday that though the murders took place in the first week of the month, when subscriptions are collected, no cash was found in the house. No ornaments except a pair of bangles were found on Gouri.

A police team led by additional commissioner-I Sudhir Misra visited the house on Biren Roy Road (West) again today and seized three pairs of footwear. Two pairs were ladies footwear and the third was of a man.