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Husband in civic cop murder net

Kaikhali: Police on Monday arrested Supratim Das, his mother and a Salt Lake civic worker in connection with his wife, civic volunteer Shampa Das's murder.

Supratim's mother Mira Devi had found him tied to a chair and bleeding from the hands and shoulder and her daughter-in-law lying in a pool of blood on the steps of their house in Kaikhali on Friday night.

Police had then said she was possibly strangled before being hit in the face with a heavy object.

The other person arrested, Rashid Ali Mollah, works in the Salt Lake civic body's conservancy department and doubles up as a masseur, the police said.

Supratim had been in talks with Mollah for the past six months to find men who could be hired to kill his wife, the police claimed on Monday.

A few weeks ago, Mollah, originally from Minakhan in the North 24-Parganas, introduced two men from there to Supratim.

The two had visited the house with Mollah at least twice to get an idea of the building's layout, the police said.

"Supratim paid them Rs 59,000 to carry out the murder," Amit P. Javalgi, deputy commissioner, headquarters, Bidhannagar commissionerate, said.

The suspected killers are still to be arrested, though.

Preliminary investigations suggest Supratim and his mother were worried that Das was eyeing their property and would end up grabbing it, an officer of Airport police station said.

On Sunday, Das's brother Milan Biswas alleged that Supratim and his mother had been eyeing his sister's plot in Rajarhat. They wanted to sell off this land and use the money to fly to the US, Biswas claimed.

In a reconstruction of the events leading to the murder, the police have learnt that Supratim let in Mollah and the two others on Friday evening before asking his mother to step out with his son.

Mira Devi had stepped out around 7.45pm with her grandson and their domestic help. She returned after 10pm.

"Supratim called Shampa and asked her to return as he wanted her to cook some meat he had got," an officer said.

"As soon as she stepped inside, the killers attacked her. When Supratim enquired if she was dead, the two strangled her to ensure she was dead."

Supratim had told cops that three-four men entered his house and killed his wife before tying him to a chair.

Supratim apparently claimed he and Das had regular fights and the frequency rose when he suffered a waist injury in an accident.

The injury had restricted his movement.

He told cops that she had demanded ownership of the house, the police claimed.

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