Victim 'opposed' realty plan

Property broker Sajeda Khatun, who was shot dead on a busy road in Titagarh on Saturday night, had opposed a promoter's plan to construct a residential block on a plot in the North 24-Parganas town, officers investigating the murder said.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 11.09.18
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Titagarh: Property broker Sajeda Khatun, who was shot dead on a busy road in Titagarh on Saturday night, had opposed a promoter's plan to construct a residential block on a plot in the North 24-Parganas town, officers investigating the murder said.

"The promoter wanted to buy the plot through Sajeda. She had initially agreed to help the promoter settle a deal with the owner of the plot but later backed out," an officer of Titagarh police station said. "Sajeda, a known face in the area for her social work, later told the promoter that the plot would not be sold because the owner had decided to construct a building there."

The police are trying to find out whether Sajeda had any stake in the owner's venture. The owner, who police said was close to a relative of Sajeda, was not in town on the night of the murder.

The woman in her early 40s was shot thrice at point-blank range around 9pm in front of a homeopath's chamber at Udanpara, in ward 19 of Titagarh Municipality. One bullet smashed her nasal bone and lodged in her head and the other two were pumped into her abdomen and her back.

The mother of two daughters was rushed to BN Bose Hospital in Barrackpore, where she was declared dead on arrival.

The assailant did not take away the iPhone Sajeda was carrying, prompting the police to suspect that the woman was not murdered for gain.

A preliminary investigation by the police revealed that Sajeda, whose husband is a neighbourhood grocer, worked as a land and property broker. The area has been witnessing a realty boom over the past few years.

"An agency wanted to set up a tower of a cellphone service provider on the roof of Sajeda's house. Neighbours said they had seen her arguing with the agency's men over the issue," an officer said.

"We are trying to find out whether there was any dispute between the victim and the agency that might have triggered the murder."