CRIME WATCH: Glare on land deal in youth murder

CRIME WATCH: Glare on land deal in youth murder – illegal weapons now used ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Alipurduar, Aug. 3: An 18-year-old was shot dead today, three weeks after his mother had complained to police that four persons had threatened to kill him.

Although the mother did not mention in the FIR why the four had issued the threat, local people said the youths were involved in real estate business and drugs peddling.

According to neighbours, Arindam Roy had borrowed a motorcycle from his friend Hockey Das around 12.30pm and left his Itkhola home for Purba Santinagar, about 500m away, where he used to stay earlier.

Soon, residents of the area heard a gunshot. “When I came out of the house, I saw the youth screaming in pain on the ground and two others running across a culvert and disappearing,” said a resident. A bleeding Arindam was rushed to the subdivisional hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the youth had been shot through the left lower abdomen.

Arindam’s mother, Bina Roy, said on July 10 four youths — Sujan Mondol, Ram Dey, Sambhu Dey and Shyamal Dey — had come to their rented house in Purba Santinagar, and threatened her. “They held a gun to my head and told us to vacate the house or else they would kill my son.”

The woman said the next day she had gone to Alipurduar police station and lodged a complaint naming the four. “We also left the area and rented another house in Itkhola, but the police did not take any action,” she said.

Arindam used to work as a salesperson in a mobile shop and Bina worked as a temporary staff in a nursing home. Arindam’s father Sandip Roy drives a private bus.

“My son studied till Class VII and after that he used to work as a salesman. He had many friends but I do not know what they do,” the father said.

Additional superintendent of police Alipurduar Anup Jaiswal said his force had conducted raids after receiving the woman’s complaint but the persons named in the FIR could not be located. “An investigation has been started to catch the killers.”

4 drugged, looted in train

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Durgapur, Aug. 3: Four passengers of a Delhi-bound train were rescued after being found unconscious this morning in Asansol.

Government Railway Police personnel rushed the four to the Asansol sub-divisional hospital where two of them regained consciousness in the afternoon. Their belongings are also missing.

They had boarded two unreserved compartments of the Delhi Janata Express from Howrah last night. An investigation is underway.

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