Bodies of four unidentified youth with injury marks were found in a ditch beside Dakshin Simla Road at Chinsurah in Hooghly on Thursday morning.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the youth were killed elsewhere and later their bodies were dumped beside the road.
Police said that some local people saw the bodies when they were going to join their work early Thursday morning. They informed the police. Policemen from Chinsurah police station rushed to the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem. The police were also trying to find their identities.
There were noose marks on necks of two youth and two others had pieces of clothes meant for pandals around their necks. “It suggests that they were strangled to death. There were injuries all over their bodies and it suggests that the youth had resisted.
The police suspect that there were more than one person involved in the crime and the accused were well known to the victims.
Police also came to know after speaking to the local people that they had seen a mini-truck in that area late Wednesday night. There were six to seven persons in the mini-truck. But they didn’t suspect as Jagadhatri Puja was going on at Chandannagar, which is just a few kilometres from Chinsurah. People often confuse directions and reach the area where the bodies were found.
The police initiated a search for the vehicle. A police officer said that none of the victims are local residents. All of them were wearing shirts and trousers.
The police have also questioned some people who run the business of erecting pandals. The reason being, that the victims used to work as a daily wage labourer for construction of pandals and they had a fight followed by a scuffle over their share of money.
Policemen from Chinsurah police station have contacted all the local police stations and photographs of the victims have been sent to authorities of the adjacent districts. The people have also enquired whether there were complaints of four people going missing.
The incident led to tension in the area. The police had cordoned off the area and senior police officers went to the spot.
Meanwhile, the body of another 32-year-man Subrata Karmakar was found at Sarkarbagan near Chandannagar in Hooghly early on Thursday morning. He was a driver. His family members alleged that one Purna Saha, a local goon, was behind his murder. Saha had allegedly threatened the victim quite a number of times and he finally killed him.
Police are trying to find out whether the incident of Chandanagar had any connection with that of the murder of the four youth, whose bodies were found at Chinsurah. The police spoke to Subrata’s family members and friends to know whether he went to Chinsurah on Wednesday night.