Anjana Naskar, who was found dead in a rented apartment in Baguiati last week, was allegedly killed over a love triangle by a man she had falsely claimed to be her husband, police said.
A youth has allegedly confessed to the police that he had an affair with Anjana.
The 32-year-old woman had rented the one-bedroom, first-floor flat in Jagatpur Santosh Pally off VIP Road along with a man, who she introduced to the landlord as husband Tapan Naskar.
“But we have come to know that his real name is Sambhu Singh and he was not Anjana’s husband,” said an officer of Baguiati police station.
“The youth has said that Singh was against his relationship with Anjana and had threatened her several times,” said another officer probing the case.
The last time Singh was at the apartment, on May 12, the neighbours had heard the two arguing.
The police suspect that Anjana was murdered in the early hours of May 13.
The decomposed body was found in the apartment on May 18 after neighbours alerted police about a strong stench emanating from behind the locked door. Sambhu has since been absconding.
“Doctors who conducted the post-mortem found alcohol in the victim’s stomach,” said the officer. “There were no bloodstains inside the flat. It seems that Sambhu and Anjana had been drinking together and he strangled her after she was drunk.”
Anjana had also allegedly lied to the landlord about her profession. “While taking the flat on rent, Anjana had said she was an employee at a call centre. But our probe revealed that she worked at a bar on Marquis Street in central Calcutta,” said the officer.
Girls working in bars rent apartments in Baguiati but most of them stay in groups. “Anjana rented the flat by herself so that she could stay with Sambhu,” the officer added.
The cops have collected Sambhu’s call records in a bid to track him. “The handset has been switched off since the day we recovered the body. Now we are examining the call records to find out who had been in touch with,” said an officer.