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Twin murders shock town

Siliguri, Feb. 16: Supriya Mitruka's mysterious death was still fresh in the minds of residents here when two more brutal killings in and around Siliguri surfaced today raising fresh concerns about the law and order situation.

The worry is all the more as one of the victims was a 17-year-old schoolboy, whose throat, face and hands had been slit. In the other case, a BSF jawan in uniform was found with his throat slit.

The body of Srikant Sharma, a Class X student and resident of the Milanpally area in south-west Siliguri, was found around 8.30 am at a desolate locality, Himachal Vihar, near the Uttarayan complex, said additional superintendent of police Kallol Ganai. He said the cut marks on the boy's throat, hands and face indicated that some 'unprofessional murderers' had killed him. Police have questioned three of his schoolmates, but their names were not disclosed.

Srikant, a student of Siliguri Public School in Milanpalli, had apparently left home yesterday around 4 pm. But when he did not return last night, his family members filed a missing person's diary at the Siliguri police station.

Some neighbours suspected that Srikant had got involved with a girl, which caused rivalry, leading to the murder. Others, however, said a possible enmity between some traders and the boy's father, Bhawarlal Sharma, who is also a businessman in the Khalpara area, could be the reason behind the murder.

The police have remained silent about the motive, only confirming that the body had been sent for post-mortem around 2 pm.

When The Telegraph visited the boy's home around noon, the parents had not yet been informed. Srikant's father had recently had a bypass surgery, said his uncle before he rushed off to Matigara police station where the case was registered. Srikant's body was cremated around 5.30 pm.

In the second case, the body of a 45-year-old BSF jawan Azharuddin Choudhary was found in an abandoned shack in the Amai Dighi area in Fulbari near the Bangladesh border. The area comes under the NJP outpost in Jalpaiguri district.

The police have confirmed that this too was a case of murder. Till this evening, though, police could not gather any clues to either of the murders.

The body of the jawan, who hails from Cachar district in Assam, has also been sent for post-mortem. He was posted at the Fulbari border outpost as a cook. A police official at the NJP outpost, on condition of anonymity, said Choudhary had an illicit relationship with a local woman, which could be the reason behind his killing.

The circle inspector of NJP outpost, Sitaram Sinha, said sniffer dogs were taken to the spot where Choudhary's body was found around noon, but no leads emerged. Contacted on phone, deputy-inspector general, BSF, Balbir Singh said the force had started a separate inquiry. He added that Choudhary had apparently left the outpost late last evening. 'His family in Assam have been informed,' Singh said.

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