Murder of a Asansol trader on December 24 night by four identified men has once again put a question mark over the failing law and order situation in the industrial belt of Asansol Durgapur. The Asansol Chamber of Commerce & Industry observed a 12 hour strike yesterday (December 25) protesting against the murder of the prominent Asansol businessman and deteriorating law and order situation.
Krishenendu Gorai (59) a cosmetics dealer, who belonged to a family of businessmen and whose grandfather S.B. Gorai has a road named after him in Asansol, was attacked by motorbike-borne miscreants while on his way home from his shop in the Hutton Road area in Asansol.
Police said that four men on two motorcycles followed Gorai to the gate of his house and stopped him. One of them inserted the nozzle of his revolver into Gorai’s mouth and fired. As he slumped to the ground, they fled.
On hearing the sound gunfire Gorai’s relatives sensed something wrong and rushed to the roof of their three-storey house. A few of them came down on seeing the businessman in a pool of blood and rushed him to a private hospital in Durgapur. He was declared dead on arrival.
According to the police, that the Asansol trader Krishnendu Gorai, was locked in a dispute with a private agency that wanted to set up a shopping mall on a plot he owned in nearby Burnpur.
Gorai’s family denied any knowledge of the land dispute. Gorai’s 30-year-old son Pappu, who also looks after the family business, denied any knowledge of the land dispute. “My father did not have any enemies. I don’t know of any land dispute.”
The Asansol Chamber of Commerce observed a 12-hour strike to protest the murder. Asansol traders blocked GT Road for three hours. Sambhu Jha, secretary of the Asansol Chamber of Commerce said, “We will continue to protest until the police arrest the killers of Krishnendu, who was known in Asansol for his polite behaviour and philanthropy.The murderers have to be arrested in 72 hours.”
Asked about the murder, a police officer said a private construction firm had been “putting pressure” on Gorai to sell a Burnpur plot where it wanted to set up a mall. “But Gorai had refused to part with the plot,” the officer said.
The police said they had started investigations. “As of now, there is no significant development,” said Suresh Kumar, the additional deputy commissioner of police (central).