A man in his 30s was found murdered in front of Stephen House in the BBD Bag area, one of the most protected zones in the city, on Sunday evening.
The spot where the body with multiple injury marks was lying was a few yards from Writers’ Buildings and Raj Bhavan.
The driver of a car moving south along BBD Bag East through heavy rain first spotted the body and alerted a traffic sergeant nearby. “The body was lying with its face upward. There were a deep cut on the throat and stab marks above the right ear and on the right thigh. The victim was wearing a lungi and a grey round-neck T-shirt,” said a police officer.
“The injury marks suggest the man had been killed some time before the body was found,” said D.P. Singh, the deputy commissioner of police, central division.
There were no blood stains on the road where the body was found, another indication that the murder had been committed some time before. “The victim’s head was improperly shaven. The presence of a few strands of hair suggests unskilled hands had shaved the head. The killers might have done the job,” said an officer.
The ever-crowded BBD Bag area remains deserted on Sundays. “Those who dropped the body took advantage of this,” said deputy commissioner Singh.
An officer who has been with Calcutta police for three decades failed to recall any other instance of a body being found so close to the state’s seat of power. “In 2000, five bodies had been found in a vat opposite the Shipping Corporation of India office on Strand Road. Sunday’s spot is much closer to Writers’,” the officer said.