Mystery shrouds the fate of a 26-year-old homeguard, posted at Jadavpur police station, who is feared to have drowned in river Hooghly when he went for an outing with five other friends on Sunday evening.
The victim Subrata Sarkar fell into the river at Nabadwip near Kulpi in South 24 Parganas, where he had gone for a trip.
However, Sarkar had left home saying that he was going to Namkhana.
Sarkar was a resident of Bansdroni area of Kolkata.
His family members alleged that the accident was a planned murder and it could never have been an accident.
Police detained Sarkar’s five friends, following a complaint lodged by his family members.
The family said that some of his friends also work in the police, while some are civic volunteers.
After speaking to Sarkar’s friends, police came to know that all of them had accidentally fallen into the river while taking a ride in a small boat.
While the others managed to swim safely to the river bank, Subrata had gone missing.
They searched him for a while, but failed to locate him. They then sought help of the local people to find him out and finally approached the police when all efforts failed.
Policemen from Kulpi police station went to the spot and divers were engaged to search for Sarkar the whole Sunday night. His body is yet to be found.
Sarkar’s family members claimed that his mobile phone had been switched off since Sunday evening.
They had tried contacting him several times, but could not find his location.
Police have initiated a probe in this connection and are yet to ascertain if there was any foul play behind Sarkar’s death.
In another incident at Baruipur in South 24 Parganas, a young man drowned when a toto he was driving fell into Adiganga river.
The victim Sanjib Banerjee and his three friends were out on a leisurely trip in his toto on Sunday night in the area.
Banerjee was driving the battery-operated vehicle at high speed and did not pay heed to his friends’ protests.
Eventually, he failed to control the vehicle and it swerved into the river. Though his friends managed to swim to the bank, Banerjee did not come out.
His body was later found in the river and he was declared brought dead when taken to the hospital.
Banerjee’s body has been sent for autopsy and police have initiated a probe to ascertain whether there was any foul play behind his death.