|Ratul Mazumdar at Jalukbari police station in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati, Nov. 26: A 16-year-old girl was found dead inside the house of her neighbour at Jalukbari here last night, triggering suspicion of a murder.
Police found the body of Marami Kalita, a Class X student of Jalukbari Girls High School, on the bed of her neighbour Ratul Mazumdar, 24, last night. She was reportedly in a relationship with Mazumdar for the past two years.
Residents told the police the girl had gone to Mazumdar’s house at Namasudrabasti here last evening. Around 10.30pm, the boy’s mother raised an alarm saying something was wrong. When the neighbours went to the boy’s room, they found the girl lying dead in his bed.
Mazumdar claimed the girl had locked herself in the room and committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling after they had a quarrel. Local residents caught Ratul, though his mother Kamini managed to escape. The duo lived in the house and Ratul’s father had died years ago, the police said.
The residents informed Jalukbari police station and they even tried to set the boy’s house on fire last night. But the police prevented them and took him into custody immediately. Police and CRPF personnel were deployed to guard the house.
The victim’s father, Dharmakanta, a daily wage earner, today lodged an FIR at Jalukbari police station accusing the boy of murdering his daughter. “Locals told us that Mazumdar and Kalita had an affair and both the families had decided to get them married. As their marriage was fixed after her exam next month, her family did not object to her going to the boy’s house. But we do not understand how the families could fix the marriage of a minor girl?” a source at Jalukbari police station said.
The residents also told the police they had found some injury marks on her left hand, which suggests the two had a quarrel. “We have registered a case and the body has been sent for post-mortem. Some strangulation marks were found on her neck but we are not in a position to tell exactly how she died till we receive the post-mortem report,” the source said.
The situation turned tense again when students of the girl’s school and the local Mahila samity members visited the house this morning and staged a protest. The angry crowd wanted to cremate her body in Ratul’s courtyard but the police intervened to bring normality in the area.