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Neighbours held for driver murder

Police arrested late on Tuesday three neighbours of Shamsuddin Ahmed, 43, who was found dead with a bullet in his head on Gurusaday Dutt Road the night before. Ahmed was a private driver of an official of the Japanese consulate.

“Raja, his brother Rashed and their friend Irfan of Ahiripukur Road in Karaya were arrested in connection with the murder,” joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.

The police said Raja and Rashed plotted to kill Ahmed because of a personal enmity. “Raja’s wife was apparently having an affair with her father-in-law. When Raja came to know of it, he started plotting his father’s murder. Ahmed came to know about it and tried to persuade him to give up his plan. This angered Raja and he turned his focus on killing Ahmed,” an officer said.

The officer said footage from CCTV cameras in two buildings adjacent to the spot where Ahmed was killed revealed three youths escaping into a narrow lane around 11.53pm on Sunday, seconds after a loud bang was heard in the area.

People initially thought it was a tyre burst and Ahmed died in a hit-and-run. But a bullet from a .315bore firearm was found inside the skull during autopsy. “Such bullets are used in crude, one-shot pistols. The weapon was recovered from Rashed’s house,” the officer said.

“The CCTV footage proved vital and helped us zero in on the assailants. One of the three was wearing shorts, suggesting that he was a local. The trio were missing from the locality since Sunday night,” he added.

The police have analysed Ahmed’s phone call details to ascertain the identity of people who were in touch with him on the day of his murder.

Though the police refused to divulge their findings.

His wife Farida called him at 11.40pm, barely 10 minutes before the murder. She wanted to know when he would be home for dinner and Ahmed had asked her to keep the food ready.

Ahmed was killed barely 500 metres from his home. “His phone and wallet were found on him,” the officer said, ruling out robbery.

He said the killers were aware of Ahmed’s day to day routine, such as walking back home after duty hours late at night.

Though it was a Sunday, his holiday, he was called for duty and returned home at his usual time.