Krishnagar, June 6: A Calcutta police constable was today accused of shooting dead the mother of a Nadia girl he had allegedly been stalking and firing at the college student.
The 21-year-old girl was shot in the neck. The bullet was surgically removed late tonight at the district hospital in Krishnagar.
Neighbours of the girl said constable Barun Majumdar, 25, entered the girl’s house around 7.30pm and bolted the door from inside. Alerted by the girl’s cries for help, her 48-year-old mother came rushing from a neighbour’s home along with a few others residents.
As they banged on the door, Majumdar, who lives in the locality, came out and shot the mother in the head and chest. When the neighbours tried to catch the constable, he raised his gun and threatened to fire.
“Suddenly, he turned and shot the girl in the neck. As we rushed towards the girl, Majumdar ran away,” a neighbour said.
The constable was yet to be caught till late tonight.
The girl’s father, a farmer, was at the market when the incident happened.
Residents said constable Majumdar had forcibly put sindoor on her forehead in April. The girl’s family had lodged a police complaint, but the constable obtained anticipatory bail from Calcutta High Court. The neighbours alleged that Majumdar continued tormenting the girl, but the local police took no action as he was a part of the force.
The sub-divisional police officer of Ranaghat, Azhar Tauseef, said: “The accused had not been assigned a firearm by the police force. He probably used a country-made gun.”