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Panic drive with body in car after murder

Murder accused Subhendu Dey allegedly spent four hours driving around aimlessly with the body of his distant relative and Shibpur resident Rajatsubhra Mukherjee on May 23.

He apparently panicked after murdering the father of the girl he had sought to marry by concealing his marital status and drove along NH6 till Uluberia, an officer said on Thursday. He has allegedly confessed during interrogation that he kept driving because he thought it was too risky to wait at a particular place with a body in the car.

An officer at Golabari police station in Howrah said Dey had called Gautam Shaw, the manager of his garment factory, seeking help to dispose of the body. “Dey had time to kill till Shaw arrived from Palta in North 24-Parganas. So he drove down the highway that leads to Mumbai and returned from Uluberia to meet Shaw near the police training school off DL Khan Road.”

The police had earlier said that Shaw was in the front seat of the Tata Indica along with driver Santu Sardar when Dey offered Mukherjee a lift while he was on the way to his Strand Road office. Mukherjee was given a spiked drink and strangulated with a piece of rope after he fell unconscious, the police had said.

An officer said Dey had allegedly hatched a plot with Shaw to kill Mukherjee after he declined the marriage proposal for his daughter, an MCom final-year student.

He said Shaw was asked to work his contacts at Hingalgunge in North 24-Parganas, about 80km from the city, to find a suitable place to hide the body. The manager had contacted his maternal uncle, Ranjit Maity, of Haatgachi village and a secluded spot near a pond was identified to bury the slain man. “Shaw had offered his uncle Rs 30,000 to dispose of the body. Maity agreed to bury the body with the help of fellow villager Bablu Jana,” said the officer.

“Dey met Shaw near the police training school around 3pm and immediately set out for Sandeshkhali in North 24-Parganas. He had told Shaw that Mukherjee died of sedative overdose. He promised to reward Shaw handsomely for helping him,” an officer said.

Dey, a married man with a five-year-old daughter, was arrested on July 14 and the four others were rounded up on the basis of his confession.

The police were waiting for the autopsy report to know the type of sedative used in the drink given to Mukherjee.