Debasish Dey, the techie allegedly behind the parcel bomb that killed rights activist Chaitali Santra, had flown accomplice Subhankar Das to his Ratnagiri home two months ago to plan the murder.
Dey worked for a multinational company in the Maharashtra town, about 300km from Mumbai.
“We recovered the plane ticket from Dey’s quarters at Ratnagiri. He admitted that he had flown Das there to plan the murder in detail,” said an investigating officer of Howrah’s Shibpur police station.
Chaitali, who had helped Dey’s wife lodge a torture complaint that led to his incarceration, died in the parcel bomb explosion on September 26. Police arrested Das, whom Dey had met in jail, Biswajit Maji and Abhishek Roy at Dasnagar in Howrah on October 4. Dey was arrested at Ratnagiri a few hours later.
On Tuesday, Dey was produced before the chief judicial magistrate, Howrah, and remanded in police custody for 10 days. He has been booked under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.
According to the police, Dey admitted that he had started planning Chaitali’s murder with Das in Howrah’s Mullick Fatak Jail in October 2011. Like Dey, Das had been booked for torturing his wife.
“Dey told us he wanted to avenge his mother and elder sister’s harassment because of the torture complaint lodged by his wife with Chaitali’s help,” said an officer.
Investigators have found that Dey had transferred Rs 25,000 to Das’s account on October 3.
“Dey had promised to pay Das Rs 2 lakh for killing Chaitali using the parcel bomb. He had paid Das Rs 1.75 lakh earlier,” said the investigating officer.
He added that they found in Das’s home three fake receipts that Chaitali was made to sign by the carrier of the parcel bomb, who pretended to be a courier delivery boy.
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