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Cops crack Behala quadruple murder

Bhattacharjee’s employee and three accomplices committed crime believing family kept cash at home

kolkata Updated: Sep 10, 2012 11:24 IST
Hindustan Times

The city police’s detective department has arrested four people in connection with Thursday’s gruesome quadruple murder at Biren Roy Road (West), under Thakurpukur police station. Munna Dhali, Naba Dhali, Sattar Ali Mondal and Bijay Das stand accused of slitting the throats of mother-son duo Gouri and Dipak Bhattacharjee, as well as their ayah and maid. On Sunday, the four were produced in court and remanded to police custody until September 21. Munna was employed by the family and worked in the Bhattacharjee’s cable business.

“Munna masterminded the plot. He lured the others into committing the crime by telling them that the family kept vast sums of money at home. On September 6, the four entered the house at about 11.30am and murdered everyone inside,” R.K Pachnanda, city police commissioner, said on Sunday.

During the course of their investigation, the police learnt that Munna had reported to work about two hours late on the day the murders were committed.

“Gouri had 11 employees and we grilled them all. But Munna’s statement concerning his absence in office on Thursday morning was contradictory. We zeroed in on him. He confessed to the murders and, on the basis of his information, we picked up his three accomplices,” an officer from the homicide department told HT.

“It’s a case of murder for gain. They knew the ayah and maid would be in the house. They decided to murder them all because Munna was known to the household,” he added.

“Munna knew Bijay, since they used to work together with another cable operator at Amtola. He also knew the other two,” Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner (Crime), said.

On September 6, the police found four bodies at 87/1 Biren Roy Road (West). The dead were identified as octogenarian Gouri Bhattacharjee, her son, Dipak (in his 50s), and two other women identified as Anima Mondal and Moyna Roy, an ayah and a maid.

Pachnanda said Anima was the first victim. After entering the house, Munna asked her for some tea and the men slit her throat while she was preparing it. “Moyna was next. She was climbing down the stairs when they murdered her,” another police officer explained.

“Dipak was their third victim and Gouri the last,” Pachnanda added.

The four spent about an hour in the house, but got spooked when the landline began ringing while they were searching for the money and fled the scene.

Gouri’s employees would hand over the money from the business every alernate day. Munna knew this, but did not find the “vast sums” he had expected to while searching the home after killing its inmates.

First Published: Sep 10, 2012 11:18 IST