The mutilated bodies of a building promoter’s son and son-in-law, who had been assaulted by extortionists five months ago, were found floating in a pond at Dum Dum on Saturday.
Avijit Saha, 24, and Kaushik Roy, 30, had been missing for more than a month. Avijit used to assist his promoter father Sunil Saha. Roy had married Sunil’s daughter, Payel, four years ago.
Police fished out the bodies from a pond near the youths’ homes in the Seven Tanks area. Toton Das, who also lives in the same area, was arrested in connection with the murders.
“Toton is known as one of the associates of the extortionists who had assaulted Avijit and Kaushik,” said a cop.
After being threatened by the extortionists — who according to the police have “Trinamul links” — Avijit had met them at Patipukur, along with Roy, about five months ago.
“The gang assaulted the duo. Though there was no official complaint, several witnesses have confirmed the incident,” said an officer.
According to neighbours, Avijit and Roy were last seen chatting in a roadside tea stall in the Anjangarh area on December 23 evening.
Cash and jewellery worth over Rs 1 lakh were taken from a house in Lake Town’s GC Road while the owner and his family members were holidaying. Neighbours found the door of the house open on Sunday morning. At Kasba, robbers took away a laptop and Rs 10,000 from a house while the tenant was in Asansol.