Two 15-year-old girls have emerged as prime suspects in the murder of a caretaker at the NGO which rescued them, according to police.
The two girls, who had been rescued from Bowbazar, have been missing since the incident, according to police. A mobile phone and Rs 750 was also missing from the office of the deceased, Kabita Roy. Police are trying to trace the location of the mobile phone, which was last switched on Wednesday evening, and are conducting raids to search for the girls.
While Kabita’s body was recovered from the third floor of Durbar Mathila Samanwaya Committee’s (DMSC) building in north Kolkata Wednesday, police suspect that the actual murder was committed on Tuesday.
According to police, the doors to the office of the accused were opened from the inside, and the keys were also found lying in the room.
“There was no sign of forced entry, and it is quite possible that the two girls committed the crime in order to free themselves from her custody. But police have not ruled out the involvement of a third person completely. She was first hit by a blunt object on her head, and then strangulated to death,” said an officer.
A possible motive could be that the girls wanted to return and continue with their activities prior to the rescue operation, sources said.