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Body under kitchen slab

The decomposed body of a middle-aged man was found wrapped in a mosquito net under the kitchen slab of his Patuli house on Tuesday.

The body of Shankar Prasad Roy, 55, was entombed in the space under the slab, which was sealed with brick and mortar. The space was earlier used to store cooking gas cylinders.

But the concrete tomb on the first floor of the two-storey house at 77 Kendua Main Road failed to hold back the smell of decomposing flesh. Neighbours alerted police when the stench became unbearable.

The police found the body around 6pm after spotting a watery substance seeping through a kitchen wall.

“We broke the wall and found the body,” said deputy commissioner (south suburban division) Santosh Pandey.

Roy used to live alone in the building off the EM Bypass, opposite Palki restaurant. When the police reached the house, the main door was latched from outside.

Taking into account the level of decomposition, the police said, he must have been murdered five days ago.

Roy, the police said, did not have any permanent job. A board on his house read that tutorial classes were held in the building but people in the area could not recall any student coming in. Neighbours said Roy’s wife and daughter had left him a couple of years ago. His sister Bipasha Sen, 50, and nephew Chiranjeet, 22, who lived in the house, went away after Kali puja.

Though the cause of death or the motive behind the murder could not be ascertained till late on Tuesday, police have not found any sign of struggle inside the house.

“There were no bloodstains or other marks suggesting struggle on the two floors,” said an officer of Patuli police station. The autopsy would be conducted on Wednesday.

In 1994, a murdered man’s body was placed on the kitchen table of a Beadon Street house and cement poured over it. A constable and three others were convicted.