|A ransacked room and (below) curious neighbours in front of the house. Pictures by Biplab Basak
Siliguri, Aug. 13: A 48-year-old housewife was murdered at her house in Jalpaiguri town this afternoon.
Gopa Rakshit was found dead in the garage of her house at Shibbari in Ward 18 of the town. Multiple wounds with a sharp weapon were found on her throat, abdomen and back as she lay in a pool of blood.
Gopa’s husband Somnath is a contractor with the military and engineering services of the army. According to residents of the area, Somnath stays at the cantonment in Binnaguri and comes home in the weekends. Gopa used to stay with Soumik, their only son and a third-year student of Ananda Chandra College of Commerce.
As Somnath left for Binnaguri this morning, Soumik went to college, they said.
“Soumik returned around 3.30 in the afternoon and found the doors open. This raised his suspicions and he started calling for his mother only to find her lying dead in the garage,” police said.
The police suspect that the assailants raided the Rakshits’ house in search of some document.
“We are yet to ascertain the motive but the open almirahs, cupboard and drawers, clothes strewn about and overturned mattresses point to the possibility,” a police official said. “Moreover, the victim’s husband and the son have not reported the loss of anything valuable.”
The incident has sent residents of Shibbari, an otherwise peaceful area, into a tizzy.
“It is totally unexpected that a housewife was murdered during the day in Jalpaiguri,” said Mohan Bose, the chairman of the civic body and the councillor of the area. “After the incident women are feeling insecure as they remain alone in their houses for most of the day.”
Residents of the area, who had gathered in front of the house, said Gopa did not open the main door easily. Since there is no evidence of housebreak, they feel one or more of the assailants were known to the victim.
“We have never heard that the family had any enmity with anybody,” said Debashis Bhowmik, a resident of the area. “We hope the police will arrest the culprits soon.”
The police said they have started investigations.
“It is a case of murder,” said Tapas Das, the additional superintendent of police, Jalpaiguri.
The body was taken to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital where a post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow, the police said.