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‘Love’ whiff in agent murder

Balurghat, Oct. 2: A youth who was spurned by a girl allegedly hacked her father to death in Tapan.

The blood-soaked body of Laxmi Narayan Das, who was apparently unaware of the one-sided affair, was recovered from a stream today.

While the youth, Amit, has fled, his father Jhulan Laha and mother Uma have been arrested.

Amit developed a crush on Das’s daughter at a spoken English class that both of them used to attend in Balurghat, 32km away. He proposed her several times in the past few months.

“My cousin was firm and had said she would marry the person whom her family would select,” Tapan said. “This seems to have infuriated Amit who planned to revenge the refusal.”

Amit rang up Das, an LIC agent, earlier this week, introducing himself as Anup who was interested in an insurance policy and also taking an agency as a vocation, Tapan said. “They decided to meet at the Tapan bus stand on Tuesday.”

The 60-year-old went out in the morning but did not return at night. “We suspected something wrong. Finding no trace of him, we first filed a missing complaint and then an FIR at the Tapan police station yesterday, accusing Amit of abducting my brother,” said Radhesh Kumar Das.

This morning, people living near Godorpara stream flowing close to Amit’s house spotted a blood-soaked axe and male garments on the bank. “This raised their suspicion and soon they could see the body floating in the stream. They informed us,” said Swapan Banerjee Purnapatra, the South Dinajpur district police chief.

“Amit has reportedly admitted the crime to some of his friends, who called him up, that he wanted to teach the girl a lesson,” a police official of Tapan said.

Amit’s parents could not say where their son was. A case of abduction and murder has been lodged against the youth, Purnapatra said.

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