Gopalpur locality near Durgapur woke up yesterday, to the tragic and gruesome news of a local youth being murdered brutally. The youth happens to be the treasurer of the local Durga Puja committee.
The youth, Samir Das (32), was the treasurer of the local club, as well as the local community puja committee and an NGO operating with the Centre’s aid.
According to Mr Nilratan Sarkar, secretary of local Bidhan Sangha club, of which Samir was the treasurer: “Samir was well-mannered, and was most trusted in the locality. For that only he was the obvious choice in cash dealings.” He added: “Cash to the tune of R 50,000 of the puja committee besides the club’s own funds worth R 30,000 and the cash reserve of the NGO was in his custody.”
Samir used to take tuition classes and was staying adjacent to his elder brother Shankha’s home in Gopalpur.
Yesterday morning when four of Samir’s students came to attend the classes, they found him lying in his room in a pool of blood. They raised an alarm and the neighbours, including Shankha, arrived in minutes and informed police immediately.
His brother said: “Recently he had withdrawn cash to help complete the house which is under construction.” The almirah of his house was broken into and the cash was missing.
Burdwan SP S M H Meerza said: “We have recovered a sharp weapon and a blood stained towel barely 500 metres from the spot.” He further added that the police is investigating into the matter and sounded hopeful of nabbing the murderer.
However the incident created a sense of fear and disbelief among local residents