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Rice trader found murdered

Balurghat, May 13: The body of a rice trader was found near a canal in Tapan in South Dinajpur today.

Sadekul Sarkar, 35, was a resident of Bagdhara village in Tapan.

“My cousin brother had gone out at 9am yesterday morning. When he did not return home till late at night, we were not scared because he used to come home late. He was a rice trader and had many partners. This morning, we came to know that a body was found. We rushed to the spot and identified the body as Sadekul’s,” said Piyash Sarkar, the deceased’s cousin.

The body had injury marks on the face and head and has been sent for a post-mortem to the Balurghat district hospital.

Piyash Sarkar has alleged that Sadekul could have been murdered over a business-related dispute.

Sadekul was a CPM activist and his father Hasimuddin Sarkar was a former gram panchayat pradhan of Tapan.

“We are not saying that this was a political murder. But the deceased was our activist and had worked for the party during the recent parliamentary election. Trinamul has unleashed terror across the state. So it may not be an exception in this regard,” said Narayan Biswas, the CPM’s district secretariat member of South Dinajpur.