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Father blames death on affair

Surajit Sinha

The Jadavpur University student who was found dead in Hooghly’s Arambagh on Tuesday was last seen leaving a classmate’s house in the area on Valentine’s Day evening, police said on Wednesday.

Surajit Sinha, 22, left his Chetla home on February 14, saying he was going for tuition. His father Sailen Sinha lodged a missing complaint with Chetla police station after he failed to return home.

On February 18, Surajit’s body was found half-submerged in the Darakeswar river in Arambagh, about 100km from Calcutta.

Sinha said his son had an “affair with a classmate” for the past two years and alleged that his son’s death was a fallout of it.

“We have found witnesses who confirmed that Surajit had visited the classmate’s house on February 14 evening. This is an important lead for us,” said an officer of Arambagh police station.

“We will talk to Surajit’s friend soon,” the officer said. “The classmate’s neighbours said they had heard shouts from his house minutes before Surajit was seen coming out.”

The sleuths claimed to have come across several vital clues. “Some residents have told us that they saw a group chasing a youth down the road leading to the classmate’s house, on the outskirts of Arambagh, on February 14 evening. We are trying to find out whether the youth was Surajit,” the officer said.

The police said Surajit’s cell phone was active in the Arambagh area even on Tuesday morning.

“Doctors who conducted the post-mortem said the youth had died at least 36 hours before the body was found around 11am on Tuesday. It seems Surajit’s cell phone was in someone else’s possession,” the officer said.

The classmate’s father, Shankar Jana, has been arrested. He was produced in Arambagh court on Wednesday and remanded in police custody till February 23.

Jana’s wife Sutapa said she was unaware of her daughter’s alleged affair. “My daughter came home from her hostel on February 4 (Saraswati Puja) and returned to Calcutta after four days,” she said.