Kolkata: Seven days after a transport businessman from Howrah was murdered by some goons near Burdwan, the Howrah police on Thursday night arrested one of the accused who stabbed the victim to death inside a car.
The victim, Kundan Maharaj (24), was driving his own cab while ferrying some passengers to Burdwan from Howrah. He had been murdered after he resisted their attempt to loot the vehicle. He was a resident of Liluah in Howrah. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accused are car lifters.
The arrested person has been identified as Saibuddin Baidya, who is a resident of Kheria area under Basanti police station in the South 24-Parganas district. In the face of interrogation, the accused has admitted his involvement in the murder of the transporter. He also told the police that other accused in this case have fled to Bihar.
Police have examined the mobile phone of the victim and came to know that he had received several phone calls from a particular number on the day of incident. After tracking the phone call, police came to know about the involvement of Baidya.
Police said that the miscreants, who might have been a part of an inter-state car smuggling racket, had stabbed the victim and dumped him on the side of a road. They then sped up the vehicle in an attempt to loot it. On their way, they met with an accident as the vehicle was moving at a high speed.
When the car met with the accident, the accused youths fled the spot, leaving the vehicle there.
The accused had booked the vehicle under the pretext of going to Shaktigarh. Police came to know during investigation that four miscreants had boarded the vehicle from Howrah and told the victim that they would go to Shaktigarh.
According to the police when the victim reached Shaktigarh, the youths asked him to drive 10 kms further towards Burdwan side. Police had recovered the body of the victim from the National Highway 2 with several stab marks in his abdomen on July 7. The car was found at a distance of around 10 km from the place where the body was spotted.