A BPO employee in his mid-20s was found dead at a fishery in front of his paying-guest accommodation in New Town on Friday morning.
Dipranjan Bera, originally from Bhadrak in Odisha, was epileptic and police suspect that he may have had a seizure and fallen into the water.
The ground-floor house, where Bera had been staying with three of his colleagues since joining a call centre in New Town four months ago, has its washroom in a courtyard at the rear.
“At night, we usually do not use the washroom as it is at the other end of the house. Instead, we step out onto the banks of the fishery right in front of the main door of our house,” said Joyprakash Kar, a roommate of Bera’s.
Kar said Bera often had seizures, for which he was under medication.
“We have not found any external injury marks on the body. Since he used to suffer from epilepsy, we suspect he may have fallen into the water after a sudden seizure and could not get up,” said an officer of New Town police station.
The body has been sent for post-mortem.
Bera’s body, submerged waist upwards, was spotted by a fisherman around 5.30am. He raised the alarm and Bera’s roommates stepped out to find him dead. Bera had been wearing a pair of bermudas, a jacket and a monkey cap. “We chatted till around 11.30pm last night before going to sleep,” said Kar.
A man was allegedly shot at near CIT Road in Phoolbagan while he was on his way back home, a few hundred metres from the spot, around 9.30pm on Thursday. Pulak Faujdar, 55, a manager at a medicine store in Shyambazar and a resident of Ramakrishna Samadhi Road, told police he had heard a sound but did not see anyone. “He had continued to walk when he felt something wet at the back of his head. It was blood,” said a police officer. The police said they could not find any empty cartridge at the spot. No one has been arrested yet.