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Parcel bomb clues on FB

Police are going through a Facebook account that they suspect belonged to Chaitali Santra for leads about the sender of the parcel bomb that killed her on Wednesday.

The account was in the name of Koyel Mitra. Koyel was Chaitali’s nickname and Mitra was her surname before marriage.

“The Facebook account has thrown light on Chaitali’s personal life but we are not ruling out chances of it being fake. We are looking at the friends’ list closely,” said a senior police officer.

The investigators are also finding out more about the three numbers from which Chaitali, a freelance reporter and rights activist, received the maximum number of calls in the week before her death.

According to sources, many of Koyel Mitra’s Facebook friends were from Howrah police. Investigators will question these cops to find out more about Chaitali’s engagements in the past few days.

Chaitali, 40, was killed in the explosion that occurred when she opened a parcel that was delivered to her Shibpur home. Her husband Himangshu, 48, suffered 80 per cent burns.

The police found two cellphones in the two-storey Dakshindari Lalkuthi house. The call details indicate that she had long conversations with three people in the week before her death.

“One of the three numbers belongs to a Howrah resident. We are trying to contact all three and find out more about their relationship with Chaitali,” said the officer.

On Friday, the cops questioned Chaitali’s daughter Shatabdi, a first-year college student, to know more about her mother and the people she used to meet. “She told us that her mother never left home alone. She used to travel in vehicles sent by those she was working for,” said an officer.