Durgapur News Desk, 19 November 2017: Durgapur police arrested the absconding son of the 70-year old retired insurance company official who was found lying in a pool of blood on 16 November evening in his three-storied house at City Centre locality of Durgapur.
Satyaranjan Khara, had been living alone for the last 10 days as his son Sumit Khara, 45, had fled home 10 days ago after the police launched a search for him in connection with a stolen vehicle racket. The police initially suspected the murder could be linked to Sumit’s alleged connections with gangs involved in stealing vehicles.
About two weeks ago, the police had busted a racket of selling stolen trucks and four-wheelers against fake documents and arrested the alleged kingpin, Mohammad Selim, from the Durgapur steel township. The cops had also seized a dozen vehicles, including four trucks and a dumper.
The police said that during questioning, Selim had given them some names, including that of Sumit Khara, who were involved in the racket.
Khara’s neighbour Arabinda Thakur, who used to come to the house at night to sleep with the elderly man as he lived alone, was the first to see the body. “The door was open when I arrived. I found Satyaranjan lying in a pool of blood.” The police said it appeared he was battered to death with a blunt object.
Sumit Khara, who had fled home over a week ago apprehending arrest in connection with a stolen vehicle racket, returned on Friday night after getting the news of his father’s murder. He was detained for questioning thereafter.
Two others – the woman who used to cook for the murdered official and the neighbour who claimed to have seen the body first – have been detained.
Police sources said they suspected that the cook, Namita Modak, could have a role in the murder of Satyaranjan Khara. The sources said the official could have been murdered by some miscreants who had come to rob valuables and attacked him with a blunt object when he resisted.
“We are probing all angles. We were looking for Sumit in connection with a stolen vehicle racket,” said Abhishek Modi, the deputy commissioner of police (east).
The police had initially suspected that the murder was the fallout of a rivalry between Satyaranjan’s son and a gang dealing in stolen vehicles. “We have also questioned Sumit. However, he could not give us any clue yet. His links with the stolen vehicle racket could also not be established,” said another police officer.