The Telegraph
Saturday , April 19 , 2014
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Cop search for body witnesses

Mohammad Sikandar

Police are looking for two persons who were allegedly aware that bodies were buried under the shop of Mohammad Sikandar, the prime accused in the Ekbalpore triple murder case.

The bodies of Pushpa Singh and her two daughters, Pradipti and Aradhana, were exhumed from the shop, off Diamond Harbour Road, on Sunday.

An Ekbalpore youth named Sheikh Wahid was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly not alerting the police despite knowing about the bodies under Sikandar’s shop. Wahid instead extorted Rs 5,000 from Sikandar, the police said.

“The two persons we are looking for are accused of the same charge as Wahid,” said an officer of the detective department’s homicide wing. “Both are residents of the same area as the victims.”

Wahid has been remanded in police custody till May 1. “He admitted during interrogation that he knew about the bodies buried under Sikandar’s shop.”

A hammer which the police said was used to smash the heads of Pushpa and her daughters was recovered from a canal in the Watgunge area early on Thursday.

The hammer was found in a plastic packet that also contained a rope and a chain. The police suspect the rope was used to tie up the bodies before they were placed in trunks and carried from their apartment to Sikandar’s hop.

Pushpa and her daughters were murdered allegedly in their rented flat on Ekbalpore’s Suresh Das Road on March 29.

The apartment is owned by Sikandar. The police said the accused wanted Pushpa to vacate the flat so he could rent it to someone else for a large selami.

According to the sleuths, Sikandar had hired Mohammad Amin and two minors for executing the murders.

The police said a reconstruction of the crime would be conducted shortly. “It will be done after forensic experts allow us to use the shop where the bodies were burried and the victims’ apartment,” said an officer probing the murders.