Vicky Halder, the prime suspect in the October 17 twin murders on Kankulia Road off Golpark in south Kolkata, is surviving on the money that he had borrowed from the construction firm where he worked as a site supervisor, police said on Monday.
Subir Chaki, 61, managing director of Kilburn Engineering Ltd, and his driver Rabin Mondal, 65, were found murdered in Chaki’s ancestral house near Golpark on Sunday evening.
A week into the murders, Vicky and a few of his accomplices are still absconding.
Mithu Halder, Vicky’s mother, has been arrested and so have been two others — Bapi Mondal and Zahir Gazi — who were allegedly present inside the house.
Vicky has been working as a site supervisor with an under construction project on Fern Road for sometime now.
Investigators have learnt that Vicky had recently told his employer that he needed a few days leave to attend to an issue at home following the demise of a family member.
Lean and sharp-eyed Vicky had also taken some advance from the firm saying that the amount might be dedicated from his salary, officers have found out. “Vicky is possibly surviving on this amount,” said a senior officer of the detective department.
Officers said Vicky had not switched on his mobile phone since last Monday when he met his mother at Ballygunge station to hand over a bag containing his blood-stained shirt and a few other items.
Having lived in Diamond Harbour for several years Vicky was well versed with the coastal terrain of South 24-Parganas, including Sunderbans.
Kolkata police have already alerted the coastal police stations with a picture of Vicky so that the fishermen and trawler operators were aware if anyone tried to seek shelter after taking a boat or a trawler ride into the deeps.
“Vicky has not called up any of his acquaintances over the last few days. He is aware that we are trying to reach him from all sides,” the officer said. “Some islands in the Sunderbans have sparse populations. We have engaged officials even in these remote pockets.”
Besides Vicky, there are two others who were present when the murders took place last Sunday evening inside Chaki’s house.
Officers said unless all the members were arrested, it would be difficult to arrive at the exact motive behind the twin murders.