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Stink leads to body in rented flat

The decomposed body of a 32-year-old woman was found in her rented apartment in Baguiati on Sunday morning after neighbours alerted police about the overpowering stench emanating from behind the locked door.

Police said Anjana Naskar was last seen on the afternoon of May 16 with guests at her home in Jagatpur Santosh Pally off VIP Road.

“The woman was staying with Tapan Naskar who she had claimed was her husband. Tapan is missing and we are looking for him,” said an officer of Baguiati police station.

Anjana had told landlord Bikramjit Halder while taking the one-bedroom, first-floor flat on rent in February that she was from Budge Budge and worked with a call centre in Sector V.

Police said they have found several discrepancies in the information provided by Anjana to the landlord.

“She is from Howrah, not Budge Budge. Contrary to her claims of being a call centre executive, she may have been working in a bar in the Park Street area,” said an officer of the police station.

Anjana had been staying at the 500sq ft flat in the two-storey building since February 23.

“She had moved in with Tapan but he rarely stayed there,” said Halder, a retired bank employee.

The police failed to get through to Tapan despite repeatedly trying the number he had provided to Halder.

Tapan had reportedly told Halder that he worked for a private company in Durgapur and would occasionally visit his “wife”.

Police broke open the front door of the flat at 9.30am and found the corpse on a bed in an advanced stage of decomposition.

“The body was puffed up and the legs were dangling from the bed. Detection of injury marks, if there were any, was not possible in such decomposed bodies. The autopsy will reveal many things. We cannot rule out foul play at this stage, especially since her husband’s phone has been switched off all day,” said a police officer.

Neighbours said the building had four other tenants but Anjana would hardly interact with them or the landlord’s family.

“She would keep to herself and leave home by 8am and return around 9 at night. She would often come in a car, which could be a pool vehicle provided by her office. We started getting the stench of putrefying flesh on Saturday night, most overwhelming near the main door to her flat. Nobody had seen her for over 24 hours but we did not suspect anything since she was a very private person. We got alarmed on Sunday morning as the stench grew stronger,” said Halder.

The residents said they had not seen anyone go in or come out of the building throughout Saturday.

Police said they have not been able to speak to or even locate any member of her family.

They have recovered Anjana’s phone and the contact list might help them get in touch with the family.

They were also going through the call records that might provide some clues.

“Our main task is to find Tapan. Durgapur police have been alerted about him. The second job is to locate the woman’s relatives,” said Santosh Nimbalkar, additional deputy commissioner of police, Bidhannager commissionerate.

Railway week

Eastern Railway general manager R.K. Gupta awarded the overall efficiency shield to Asansol division at a function marking the 59th railway week on Saturday.

More than 100 railway employees, including 21 officers, were awarded for their good work.