SLEUTHS HOT ON KILLER TRAIL 

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By Staff Reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 17.06.02
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Calcutta, June 17 :    Calcutta, June 17:  The police are closing in on the Park Side Road killer. Investigations have revealed that prime suspect Chandan Bermecha and his brother Raju had boarded a train for Faizabad to reach their Tanda home, in the Ambedkarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, on June 11 evening, hours after the murder of Sushila Samsukha and daughter Pragati. Police said Chandan and Raju went to meet Sushila in the Samsukhas' third-floor apartment on Park Side Road at 3.30 pm. They are suspected to have stabbed Sushila and daughter Pragati to death minutes after son Modit left the flat to play with friends. Uttam Samsukha, husband of Sushila, later identified Chandan as a "distant relative". "After the incident, Chandan and Raju went straight to Howrah station and reached Faizabad station the next morning,'' sleuths said. "Initially, Uttam Samsukha did not have Chandan's address. He later gave us an address in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. We sent a team there, which came to know that Chandan was not from Barabanki, but from the Tanda area in Ambedkarnagar district,'' they added. Superintendent of police, Ambedkarnagar, Abhay Kumar Prasad, told Metro over phone that Chandan and Raju live in a house in the Tanda police station area. "I had sent some policemen to check on them. They found the house locked and were told that Chandan had left the place on June 13,'' added Prasad. The superintendent of police added that Tanda was "a huge area", with a population of three lakh. "It is difficult to track down an accused on the run if he is holed up here. We are keeping a watch on the house and the surrounding areas. Let us wait and watch,'' concluded Prasad. Officers of the Tollygunge police station - under whose jurisdiction Park Side Road falls - said on Monday that Chandan's sister had been recently married in Rajasthan. "We have got the sister's address and a police team is headed there to try and track the duo down,'' they said. Deputy commissioner of police, south, Kuldeep Singh, expressed confidence that both Chandan and Raju would soon be rounded up. As far as the motive of the twin murder goes, the probe till now has pointed to a "family dispute". The robbing of ornaments and cash is being largely viewed as an attempt to throw sleuths off-track. "The nature of the murder suggests that Chandan bore some kind of a grudge against Sushila. But the motive will not be clear till Chandan and Raju are arrested,'' said Singh.