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Do-gooder with passion for bikes

Calcutta, July 5: The young man had taken up a job as a spare parts fitter at a two-wheeler showroom to remain close to his first love — motorbikes.

He funded his college education with his earnings, keeping a part of the money aside to fulfil his dream of buying a bike.

And he never shied away from protesting when he saw someone being wronged, a character trait that apparently led to his murder.

That’s how people at Kulberia village remember 21-year-old Sourav Chowdhury — ambitious yet always ready to help others.

Neighbours recalled how Sourav would wade through filthy water on waterlogged roads to “dig small outlets on the roadside so that the water flowed into the drains”.

“He aspired to buy a motorbike with his hard-earned money. His passion for bikes prompted him to work in the two-wheeler showroom,” said Sourav’s friend Subhojit Pal.

Born in a middle-class family, Sourav was a second-year BA pass course student at Mrinalini Dutta College in Birati.

“He did not need to work at such an early age but he did not want his father to bear the burden of his studies,” Subhojit said.

“He had also been saving money for a trip to Darjeeling. That will never happen now,” one of Sourav’s friends said, breaking down.