A local Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader in Left-ruled Tripura was arrested and remanded in police custody along with three of his close relatives after being accused in the suspected murder of his wife in their home near Agartala.
Kalpana Das, 62, was found dead at her residence on April 16 with multiple cuts on her body. Her husband Jitendra Das, two brothers-in-law and his nephew, all of whom were living in the same house with the deceased, were arrested Friday. Police was granted six-days remand of all four accused and the next date of hearing has been scheduled for April 24.
Jitendra Das, 66, joined the party about a decade ago and was till last year, head of the ruling CPM’s paschim zila parishad (west district committee) and was part of the sadar sub-divisional committee at the time of his wife’s death.
The CPM has expelled him from the party following the incident.
The four accused initially told police that Kalapana’s death was a suicide, but investigations revealed it was more likely a murder, according to the prosecution’s main advocate. “They (Jitendra and his relatives) could not give any evidence of it being a suicide while claiming it to be one,” said public prosecutor Tapan Saha. “They also said they usually woke up at 8 am every morning, but that day they woke up much earlier, which only adds to the suspicion,” Saha said.
Saha added that the investigation has shown the cuts inflicted on Kalpana’s body were most likely not by a shaving blade, nor by her own hands, as claimed by her husband and his relatives.