A day after an elderly couple, both retired professors, were found bludgeoned to death in an apartment in north Kolkata, police Friday arrested one person.
Sanjay Sen alias Bappa, whose wife Purnima had earlier worked at the septuagenarian couple’s home, was arrested following an interrogation by officials at the Chitpur police station here, they said.
“Though Bappa had not confessed to the crime, we found some discrepancies in his answers when asked certain questions. On further interrogation he broke down and admitted that he had committed the crime for financial gain,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner (crime).
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Officials at Chitpore police station and the homicide department of Lalbazar had zeroed in on Bappa Thursday night when eye-witnesses said he was spotted late last night near the exit gate. Talking about Bappa’s alleged involvement in the double murder of Pran Govinda Das and his wife Renuka Das, a police official said: “We had some specific indications that he may be involved”.
Bappa, who was staying in the neighbouring Camp Bagan area, had left for his in-laws’ place at Nandiram where Purnima was staying for the last couple of months.
“As per preliminary interrogation, Purnima seems to be not involved in the crime. She said that if Bappa was in any way involved, he should be punished. She had admitted that he had reached Nandigram at 10.30 am Thursday and appeared tensed,” the official said adding that Bappa left the place suddenly telling Purnima that his parents were being interrogated by the police in connection with a twin murder and he would have to leave.
The police officials tracked Bappa’s cellphone signal, finally arresting him Friday morning from Paikpara area, near his residence. “There had been several inconsistencies in his statements. Several circumstantial evidences point towards him. We have found out that he had been to his native place at Nandigram in East Midnapore last night and had handed a bag to his wife, which contained Rs 3,000 before returning to his apartment here,” an official said, adding they suspect that more people may be involved the crime.
Bappa was close to the Das family, the officer said. “In fact the couple had helped Bappa with money also but we have found that he was into gambling,” he said.
A blunt instrument was used to hit the head of Pran Govinda several times.
“The same stick was used to hit Renuka on the head before a sharp weapon was used to hit her on the neck. The cut on her neck was not that deep and her trachea was intact,” he said adding “there were no marks of struggle or resistance.”