Pounding on door and body outside

A motorbike rider was found dead and a youth critically injured at the doorstep of a house in this south Calcutta neighbourhood early on Sunday after the family called the police helpline 100 to report pounding on their door around 4.15am.

By Rith Basu and Pranab Mondal
  • Published 16.07.18
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The spot in Bansdroni where the motorbike rider was found dead and another critically injured. The white pandal (circled) leads to the door that one of them had pounded on early on Sunday, possibly to seek help. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

Bansdroni: A motorbike rider was found dead and a youth critically injured at the doorstep of a house in this south Calcutta neighbourhood early on Sunday after the family called the police helpline 100 to report pounding on their door around 4.15am.

The police team that responded to the call found Biswajit Halder, 22, and Samir Majumdar, 18, with severe head injuries and unresponsive. A motorbike lay on its side beside them.

Both were taken to MR Bangur Hospital, where Biswajit was declared dead on arrival. Samir was resuscitated before being referred to SSKM Hospital. The teenager hadn't regained consciousness till late on Sunday, doctors said.

Investigators suspect Biswajit, a school dropout who made a living doing false ceilings, and his assistant Samir had pounded the door to Anima Sarkar's house in Bansdroni after being injured in an accident there. Neither of the two was wearing a helmet.

"We have not found anything to suggest at this moment that there could be a homicidal angle," an officer said.

But Biswajit's brother, Surajit, said in a complaint received by Bansdroni police station that he did not believe his sibling's death was an accident.

According to him, Biswajit had received a call on his mobile phone at 4am and had left home on his motorbike in an agitated manner. "He would often argue over the phone with a man with whom his girlfriend previously had a relationship. He had been threatened by this man (named in the complaint as Rajib) and his elder brother," Surajit said.

The police said the allegation would be investigated.

The preliminary post-mortem findings include the presence of alcohol in Biswajit's blood.

The incident occurred around a kilometre away from Vidyasagar Sarani, a slum in the Bansdroni area where Biswajit lived. Samir's house is nearby.

The call to the police helpline was made by Dipannita Sarkar, a Class XII student who shares the house with her mother Anima and younger brother.

"I lost my father recently and we were to perform some rituals on Sunday. My first reaction to the pounding on our door was fear," Dipannita recounted. "It was only after the police arrived that we realised that the two injured persons might have been seeking help."

The police arrived within 10 minutes of the call from Dipannita.

An officer said that the noise of the motorbike crashing against something - there is a wall in front of the house - might have also woken up neighbours of the Sarkar family. "But at that hour, it is unlikely that anyone saw how the accident happened."

Ashok Das, the grandfather of Samir, said he had left home late on Saturday saying that he was going to meet Biswajit to collect a payment. "I don't know where he was all night. I heard about the incident from neighbours," said Das, who brought up Samir and his two elder sisters after his daughter died and her husband deserted the family.