Kolkata: A week has passed after the horrific triple murder of a 35-year-old primary school teacher Bandhu Prakash Pal, his pregnant wife Beauty, and their eight-year-old son in West Bengal’s Murshidabad. Now, the police, along with CID claims to have solved the case with the arrest of the main accused.
The officials arrested the accused, identified as Utpal Behara — a resident of Sahapur village in Murshidabad district. According to the police, he has confessed to the crime. “Persistent investigation of the Jiaganj PS murder case of Murshidabad has resulted in the accused confessing to the crime and his arrest. He (Utpal) had financial transactions with and hatred for the deceased. A prayer for custody is being made before the court,” a statement from the West Bengal Police read.
“District Police and CID will continue the investigation to find more evidence to prove the involvement of the arrested in the crime and to find the involvement of anyone else,” Murshidabad SP Mukesh Kumar said.
MOTIVE BEHIND THE MURDER
Investigation revealed that “financial dispute” led to the brutal killings of Bandhu, his wife and son. Police officials say that Utpal fought with Bandhu over the money he had invested in an insurance policy purchased from the latter.
When Utpal did not receive the receipt for one of the premiums, he went to Bandhu’s house to demand the money back. In return, Bandhu allegedly humiliated the accused. Since then, Utpal decided to take revenge for the humiliation and harsh words he faced.
Last Tuesday, Utpal allegedly visited Bandhu’s house with a knife. They let him inside, and soon he attacked the family members and killed them mercilessly one after the other. Based on the information from a milkman who saw the accused running, and CCTV footages, police and CID teams were able to trace down Utpal.
NO POLITICAL INTERVENTION
The gruesome murder of Bandhu and his family took a political colour with RSS claiming Bandhu to be one of their karyakartas (worker) while BJP and West Bengal Governor targeted Mamata Banerjee government over law and order situation in Bengal.
However, police ruled out such claims. “His family members have denied affiliation with any political group. A diary note found suggests some serious differences in the family. It is a case of personal enmity, and it has nothing to do with politics,” a police official said.
BJP TAKES THE MATTER TO PRESIDENT
Meanwhile, a BJP delegation consisting National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister of State for Women Empowerment and Child development Debashree Chowdhuri, National Executive Committee member Mukul Roy and MPs SS Ahluwalia, Arjun Singh, Swapan Dasgupta and Raju Bista met President Ramnath Kovind to talk about the Jiaganj (Murshidabad) triple murder.