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Calcutta cop found dead in Malda

Malda, Dec. 25: A traffic policeman from Calcutta was found dead with a bullet injury in his head at his native village in Ratua last night.

Durjoy Singha’s body was found this morning in a mango orchard with a bullet hole at the back of his head and with some of his clothes stuffed in his mouth.

Durjoy, 35, was a resident of Debipur village in Ratua, 55km from Malda town.

“On December 22, he had come home on a fortnight’s leave. Yesterday, around 8pm, he went out and did not return home. We had just started a search to trace him when we came to know that he was found dead in a mango orchard near a local temple,” said Biplab, his elder brother, who is also a constable, like Durjoy but with the state police.

“We are clueless about why he was murdered,” Biplab said. Durjoy was married and has two children. His wife Silpita, and the kids reached Debipur this morning from Balurghat.

As the news spread, Sumanta Biswas, the officer-in charge of Ratua police station, reached the spot.

The body has been sent to Malda Medical College and Hospital for a post-mortem.

A police source said Durjoy used to drink occasionally and gamble. “We are trying to find out what made him leave home at 8pm yesterday. There is information that he had joined some others and was consuming liquor and gambing yesterday evening, when he was last seen.

“There is a chance that he may have got involved in a drunken brawl and the murder was a fallout of the altercation.”

Jayanta Pal, the police superintendent of Malda, said: “The ASP of Malda, Shyam Singh, and the SDPO of Chanchol are investigating the case. As of now, we are not clear about the motive behind the constable’s murder and no arrests have been made,” he said.