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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two arrested in trader’s murder and robbery in Chanchal, police suspects a kin of the deceased too

Malda, 8 October, 2014: Though two persons including one with several criminal records have been arrested in connection with a formidable robbery and murder of a jeweler in Chanchal, police anticipate that someone very close to the deceased businessman Gopal Roy (64) was actively involved in the crime. Though the cop officials preferred to remain tightlipped with the progress of investigation, SP, Malda Prasun Banerjee hoped that the case would be solved shortly.

Banerjee, who went to Chanchal on Tuesday to probe into the robbery himself, said, “Mithun Ali (27) of Dawoodpur village and Jahangir Alam (28) of Galimpur village in Chanchal were arrested. Mithun was involved in crimes like robbery and fake currency peddling several times before. Jahangir was caught with a firearm and three bullets. The duo has confessed their involvement in the crime and interrogating them we have received a breakthrough in the matter.”

He informed that the duo was produced in court on Wednesday with the prayer of 14 days police remand.

It may be mentioned that on 4 October around 8.30 pm a gang of robbers looted the jewelry shop of Roy located at Kaji Najrul bus stand at Cnchal after slitting his neck with a sharp weapon. The robbers then entered the house and tied his wife Sima Roy (56) before looting the other valuables. The couple’s only son Tirthankar Roy, who claimed to have been at the puja pandal at the time of occurrence, first discovered his father’s body and then found her mother tied with a rope. His yell gathered the neighbours and police also rushed to the spot.

Malda Merchant Chamber of Commerce demanded immediate identification and arrest of the robbers and threatened a stir if police failed to take action.

SP, Malda and SDPO, Chanchal jointly visited the deceased goldsmith’s house yesterday and spoke to his family. Though the SP refused to comment in this regard, police sources informed that some incoherence were found in the statement of some of the family members. Police thus believe that a family member may have masterminded the crime.

Police sources further informed that the there were seven to ten robbers in the gang and six of them were from North Dinajpur. District police have also been in touch with their North Dinajpur counterpart to resolve the case shortly.

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