Canning, (South 24-Parganas), Jan. 20: The severed head of a middle-aged man was recovered from a paddy field here today. The rest of the body was later found yards away.
Around 7 this morning, women working in the field heard a dog bark in front of a mound. One of the women dug up the area and unearthed the head — a man with a bearded face — police said.
The women informed the local panchayat office. Sub-divisional police officer of Canning Subhankar Sinha Sarkar and officer in-charge of Canning police station Dhrubojyoti Banerjee rushed to the spot. They were accompanied by members of the panchayat and a magistrate.
The village had been tense for the past few days as a local CPM worker, Seikh Karim, had gone missing on Friday.
As news about the body spread, people zoomed in to see if it could be identified. The police had a tough time controlling them. Leaders from the CPM and the Trinamul Congress were also in the crowd.
But the mutilated face could hardly be recognised. The body had multiple injuries inflicted by sharp weapons, the police said. Banerjee said the man was killed a few days ago and buried. “It is difficult to say whether he belonged to any political party,” he added.
till we establish his identity and locate his place of residence,” the officer-in-charge said.
Banerjee said that the body has been sent for post mortem to ascertain the cause and time of death. “We are interrogating people of the sub division so that identification of the man could be established,” the SDPO said.