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JU boy found dead, friend’s father nabbed

A 22-year-old Jadavpur University student who went missing on Valentine’s Day was found dead on Tuesday morning on the banks of Darakeswar river in Arambagh, 2km from a classmate’s home.

The police are yet to ascertain what led to the death of Surajit Sinha, a second-year postgraduate student. They arrested his classmate’s father based on a complaint lodged by the boy’s family.

“Surajit’s father suspects that he was murdered and his body dumped in the river. His classmate had made several calls on his phone since the day he went missing. The girl’s father, a farmer, is on the list of suspects,” said Sukamal Shibani, the inspector in charge of Arambagh police station.

“We were told by Surajit’s family that he was having an affair with the girl for the past two years,” said an officer.

Surajit, son of a plumber, left his home on Alipore Road in Chetla around 10am on Friday, saying he was going for tuition. When he did not return at night, his family lodged a missing diary at Chetla police station. “We desperately tried to contact him but his cell phone was switched off,” said sister Puja.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Surajit’s phone was switched on for a few minutes on Sunday before it was turned off again. But those few minutes gave the cops the lead.

Chetla police alerted the missing persons squad at Lalbazar and the youth’s phone was put under surveillance. “We found the location of the tower from where signals were delivered to Surajit’s phone. It showed Arambagh town,” said an officer.

A police team reached Arambagh with Surajit’s father Sailen Sinha and his relatives on Monday. The cops contacted Surajit’s classmate, who was in Calcutta but gave the cops the address to her home. A police team went to the girl’s house and spoke to her father Shankar Jana. “He said his daughter was home on Saraswati Puja (February 4) but returned to her hostel after four days,” said an officer.

Around 11am, Surajit’s father received a call from an officer of Arambagh police station asking him to identify a body. “I went to the riverbank with the police and found my son lying dead,” he said. The body had been spotted by residents walking along a bridge across the river.

“Preliminary medical examination did not show any external injuries. We have sent samples for forensic examination,” said an officer of Arambagh police station.

Five injured

Five persons in an autorickshaw, including the driver, were injured when a CSTC bus hit it from behind on the EM Bypass near the Narkeldanga Main Road crossing around 11pm on Monday. The bus driver fled.

Tram accident

Debi Das, 60, came under the wheels of a tram while boarding it at Esplanade on Tuesday. Doctors at SSKM Hospital said Das’s condition was critical. He will need surgery on his left leg.