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FB friend held for murder

Abhishek Majumder

A man Kestopur homemaker Soma Ghosh had met on Facebook hardly 10 days ago was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly murdering her.

Abhishek Majumder, who had a Facebook account under the fake name of Nandan Sen, was picked up from his home in Bolpur, Birbhum, on Wednesday morning.

A graduate and a small-time trader, Majumder is married and has a son.

Police are yet to say what prompted Majumder to murder the 45-year-old, who was found dead inside her Prafulla Kanan flat on Monday afternoon.

The homemaker’s throat was slit and there were multiple stab injuries on her chest and slash marks on her hands. Since nothing, except Ghosh’s cell phone, has apparently gone missing, the police had said the murder was not for gain.

According to the police, Majumder started interacting with Ghosh on Facebook on July 16. “Soon they exchanged telephone numbers and addresses and began chatting on Facebook and Whatsapp and through text messages,” said an officer of Bidhannagar police station.

“We scanned Ghosh’s Facebook profile and found her chat conversations with one Nandan Sen. It was a fake account but we found the duo had exchanged cell phone numbers. We tracked down the accused to Bolpur using his phone number.”

Ghosh’s next-door neighbour had told the cops on Monday night that she had spotted a “short and dark” man in his mid-30s outside Ghosh’s flat around noon. When she asked him whom he wanted to meet, the man apparently stammered before naming Ghosh’s husband, Sujit.

“Majumder said he and the victim had a discussion in the closed flat. They were having tea when a dispute cropped up,” said an officer of Baguiati police station.

The police said Majumder had first strangulated Soma with a pillow and then slit her throat with a knife and hit her on the head with a roller pin to ensure her death.

“After committing the murder, he opened the almirah and drawers to create an impression that she had been killed while trying to resist robbers. He took away the victim’s cell phone, possibly to delete the text messages, and returned home to Bolpur the same evening,” the official said.