West Bengal: Two teens held in Nadia for killing 14-year-old friend over Rs 150
Two teenage boys were arrested in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Sunday for allegedly killing their 14-year-old friend Debasish Bhowmik last week, following a tiff over Rs 150, and dumping his body, police saidindia Updated: Feb 13, 2017 01:32 IST
Two teenage boys were arrested in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Sunday for allegedly killing their 14-year-old friend Debasish Bhowmik last week, following a tiff over Rs 150, and dumping his body, police said.
The accused, both students of a reputable English-medium school in the district’s Krishnagar, had taken the amount as loan from the victim on the eve of Saraswati Puja on February 1.
On Wednesday an altercation broke out when Debasish, a student of another school, asked the duo to pay back. It was the last time he was seen.
As he did not return home, the family filed a missing report.
During a search police found the body near a proposed helipad site on Saturday night.
Involvement of juveniles in crimes of late is increasing in the state. According to a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, West Bengal recorded 43 cases of murders by juvenile offenders in 2014.
As prima facie it appeared that the victim was hit on the head with a liquor bottle and subsequently strangled, the needle of suspicion was pointed towards Debasish’s two friends with whom he was last seen, a police official said.
“I want death sentence for those who killed my son,” demanded Jhilmi Bhowmik, the distraught mother of the victim.
District‘s police superintendent Sheesh Ram Jhajharia said, “Investigations are on. Everything will be cleared soon.”
Agitated local residents blocked Krishnagar-Nabadwip Road for several hours earlier in the day demanding stringent punishment for the accused.
First Published: Feb 12, 2017 23:00 IST