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For dad, law comes first

Behrampore, July 1: A Murshidabad cook yesterday handed over his son to police after learning that he had murdered a 16-year-old girl and buried the body in a ground behind his home.

Pintu Mondal, a cook with a catering agency, said he learnt about the murder when his son Surojit woke up from sleep last evening and screamed that he had had a “nightmare”.

“I rushed to his room along with my wife and asked him what had happened. He broke down and told us that he had killed the girl and buried the body in the ground behind our house,” Pintu said today.

The 50-year-old cook added that he caught Surojit by the hand and took him to Behrampore police station around 8 last night. “I initially wanted to dig up the ground and verify whether my son was speaking the truth. But none of my neighbours helped me. As a law-abiding citizen, I had to get my son arrested,” Pintu said.

The body of the girl, the daughter of a lottery ticket seller in Behrampore, was dug out this morning from a ground 500m from Pintu’s home. She had been missing for the past five days, but her family had not lodged a police complaint apparently thinking she had eloped.

Police sources said the girl and Surojit had been in a relationship for the past three years. But things turned sour after Surojit apparently found out that the girl was having an affair with another boy from the locality.

The sources said Surojit, 19, had told the police that on Thursday afternoon, he had called the girl near a water body, where they had a fight. “Surojit and a friend throttled her to death and buried the body. He has confessed. We are looking for his friend,” a police officer said.

District police chief Humayun Kabir, who today visited the site where the body had been buried, said Surojit had confessed to the murder.

Surojit, who repairs cellphones, was today remanded in seven days’ police custody.