Kharagpur, Sept. 13: The sub-divisional food controller of Kharagpur was found dead with his throat slit inside a ladies’ toilet in his office this morning.
Doctors said prima facie, it appeared that Panchanan Murmu, 59, who was scheduled to retire in January next year, was murdered. Police, however, suspect that Murmu had committed suicide.
Murmu was taken to Kharagpur sub-divisional hospital by employees who broke the toilet door, which was bolted from inside. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Aurobindo Mahato, a doctor at the hospital, said: “The injury on his throat was four inches long. The throat had been slit with one stroke. Had it been suicide, the cut would have been uneven as the hand would have shaken because of acute pain.”
West Midnapore police chief Bharati Ghosh said: “We think it is a case of suicide as the door of the toilet was locked from inside.”
Employees of the food department said Murmu had arrived at his office before time today.
Clerk Pradyut Karmakar said: “As the lock of the gents’ toilet door is broken, he had gone to the ladies’ toilet. At 11.15am, some female employees found the door locked from inside. Not getting any response, we broke the door and found sir lying in a pool of blood.”
A paper-cutting knife was found beside Murmu, a resident of Midnapore town.
Murmu’s wife Karabilata alleged that her husband was murdered. “He had been worried about something related to his office work for the past few days,” she said.
District food department officials said a departmental inquiry was on against Murmu over supplying kerosene to distributors.