Durgapur Murder: Driver Turns Prime Witness

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Durgapur: In an interesting turn of the events, the driver of the car which Samaresh Sarkar used to transport the dead bodies of Sucheta and her daughter Burdwan to Sheoraphuli, has reported to police on Thursday.

Malik Nur Hassan Ali, a resident of Burdwans’ Lashkar Dighi area turned to a local INTUC leader after he saw Samaresh Sarkar in media reports accused of the twin murder. The leader and Ali than approached Burdwan police, who detained Ali for further queries. Police also detained Ali’s car and handed it to Serampore police.

Ali who owns the car, told police that Samaresh paid him Rs. 2200 as rent and disembarked at Sheoraphuli with the bags. Ali also mentioned that he knew nothing about the contents of the bag and was totally unaware of the crime.

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Earlier on Monday, police took Samaresh to Durgapur to recreate the crime scene. Samaresh Sarkar, manager of a bank in Durgapur was caught dumping huge bags in the Hooghly River from a boat in public view on Saturday. The suspicious co-passengers asked him why he was throwing the bags, Samaresh Sarkar told them he was a bank employee and the bag contained waste papers from office. Not convinced, one of the passengers called up the Seoraphuli police outpost.

When the boat reached the ferry ghat at Seoraphuli, other passengers didn’t allow Sarkar to leave and waited till the police arrived. Sarkar was taken to the police outpost where he apparently said during interrogation that the bags contained the body parts of the woman, with whom he was allegedly having an affair, and her daughter.

Sarkar, 45, the manager (operations) of Central Bank of India’s branch in Durgapur, told the police that he had got into a relationship with the woman.

“He told us…. the woman was pressuring him to marry her,” a police officer said.

Sarkar is married and his wife and two daughters live in Titagarh. But he has been posted in Durgapur for three years. The murdered woman, too, was married but didn’t live with her husband, who used to visit her. She lived in Durgapur with her daughter.

The police said Sarkar was suspected to have cut the woman’s body into at least three parts. Two bags recovered from the Hooghly contained the remains of the woman but did not have the head, the police said.