Police on Monday took Toton Das, arrested in connection with the murder of a Dum Dum-based promoter’s son and son-in-law, to the pond in which the bodies were found.
The accused identified the spot on a bank of the pond where he saw Avijit Saha, 24, and Kaushik Roy, 30, speaking with five men on the night of December 23.
Avijit, son of promoter Sunil Saha, and Kaushik, Sunil’s son-in-law, were not seen since. Their mutilated bodies were found in the pond, off the railway tracks between Dum Dum and Bidhannagar Road stations, on Saturday. Their family members identified them from their clothes.
“Das claimed that the victims were alive when he had left the place and he did not have an idea what happened to them afterwards,” said an officer of Dum Dum police station.
The two might have been murdered as they were reluctant to pay local extortionists. A gang had assaulted the duo five months ago near their home at Anjangarh, where Avijit was overseeing construction of a three-storeyed building on behalf of Sunil.
The police suspect at least five men were involved in the murder of Avijit and Kaushik. “Both were young and quite strong. Two or three people would have struggled to overpower them,” said an officer investigating the case.
Investigators have got the names of some of the possible assassins but are not sure about the trigger behind the twin murders. The other suspects are on the run, said an investigating officer.
“It appears that the killers were known to the victims. We are trying to find out whether there were reasons other than extortion,” added the officer.
Three bikers robbed gold jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh from a jewellery shop at Domjur, Howrah, holding the owner at gunpoint on Sunday night.