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PC led sleuths to murder trail

Calcutta, Feb. 17: The hard disk of Rakesh Gupta’s computer led sleuths to his murder trail. The data stored in the disk of the personal computer (PC) revealed that the 40-year-old company secretary had homosexual tendencies.

This set police on the trail of the men who allegedly killed Gupta after failing to blackmail him.

“Gupta was a paid member of three pornographic websites. We understood his sexual preference after going through the computer in his Teghoria home,” said an investigating officer of Baguiati police station.

“It contained information about the websites Gupta had visited. We then rounded up some toughs in Sodepur, who tipped us off about Chandan Basu,” he added.

Shibu, who had “lured Gupta to a house in New Barrackpore for a few hours of fun” on February 10, is absconding. His friends Mithun Ghosh alias Jeet, Chandan, Laxmi Chakrabarty and Phulmoni Chakrabarty were present at the house that day.

“Shibu and his associates wanted to extort money from Gupta. But when he became violent and refused to part with his ATM card and even threatened to go to the police, they got scared and strangled him,” said an officer.

“We are not sure who killed Gupta. That will become clear only after Shibu is arrested. His associates are giving contradictory statements. We are also not sure about the amount of money they had demanded from Gupta,” added the officer.

According to him, Gupta’s wife Babita might have been in the dark about his homosexual activities. On February 10, Shibu had called up Gupta and set up a meeting at Dum Dum station. The company secretary was then returning home after seeing his mother off at the airport.

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