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Baguiati suspect arrested

Anjana Naskar

Police on Thursday arrested 42-year-old Sambhu Singh in connection with the murder of Anjana Naskar, whose decomposed body was found in a rented apartment in Baguiati on Sunday morning.

The suspect was picked up from his house in Howrah.

Singh, absconding since the body of the 32-year-old was recovered, was rounded up following a tip-off that he would visit his Foreshore Road house.

An officer said Singh, who Anjana had falsely introduced to her landlord as her husband, admitted during interrogation that he had smothered the woman on May 16 following a brawl over her alleged affair with a youth.

“We were drinking around 7pm on May 16 when an altercation broke out over her relationship with a youth. I lost my cool and kicked her in the abdomen. She fell off the bed and started screaming. She threatened to complain to police that I had tried to kill her. It made me furious. I pressed my hands on her face as she continued screaming... she died moments later,” an officer quoted Singh as saying.

“Singh is married and has two children. He was introduced to the flat owner as Tapan Naskar, whom he told that he worked in a private company in Durgapur. He visited the one-bedroom Baguiati flat once in a while.”

Anjana had allegedly lied to the landlord about her life, too. “She had said she worked at a call centre. Our probe revealed she was an employee of a bar on Marquis Street in central Calcutta,” the officer said.