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‘Killer’ caught after call to police station

An alleged murderer was arrested after he made an outrageous call to Uttarpara police station in Hooghly district around 1am on Thursday, informing the officers about a “corpse in a flat” near their post.

“We have committed a murder and the body is lying in a flat near your police station,” the caller said and hung up.

“For the next three hours, two teams scoured the entire locality for the body. Another team of officers was deployed to track the caller. We had his number at the landline’s caller line identification system. We soon arrested 26-year-old Pratap Chandra from his home at Alambazar in North 24-Parganas. He admitted that he and an accomplice had murdered a friend. He led us to the flat,” said a senior officer at the police station.

Chandra told the police that he murdered Anshuman Roy, a 30-year-old engineer working with a private firm, in the flat that belongs to the slain man’s sister Bharati Ghosh, a teacher in Birbhum.

The accused and Roy had been friends for the past few months. They had met in a bar at Baranagar on BT Road. Since then, the trio often drank at Roy’s flat.

On Wednesday night, they had a drunken brawl over Roy’s reluctance to let Chandra drink in the flat with his friend. They slashed and stabbed Roy several times with a broken glass, an officer said.

Chandra, doing a postgraduate course via correspondence, told the police that he committed the crime after a “sudden provocation under the influence of liquor”.

“The man has confessed to the crime. The other person is on the run,” said an officer of Hooghly district police.

Roy, who was from Rampurhat in Birbhum, had been living on the second-floor flat of the three-storey Pearl Apartment, Dhrubesh Chatterjee Lane, Uttarpara, for the past two years.

The locality — considered peaceful — is lined with residential blocks and a little walk away from Uttarpara police station.

The 650sq ft, two-bedroom flat was locked from outside when the police team reached there with Chandra. There were bloodstains on the floor outside. Police broke open the locks to find Roy in a pool of blood.

“His right wrist was slashed, thighs stabbed and he was still bleeding from his head. There was blood on the floor and plates of potato chips, half-filled glasses and shards of broken bottles all over the room,” said an investigating officer.

Chandra said during interrogation that he and the accomplice fled after realising that Roy had died. “They locked the house, ran up the stairs to the terrace and climbed down the sewer pipes. On reaching home, he burnt his clothes. Then he called the police station,” the officer said.