A businessman was murdered and his wife seriously injured by unidentified criminals who broke into their house in Sripur under Jamuria police station in Burdwan early Thursday morning.
Local people heard screams for help from the house of Mohammad Abul, a local businessman. Some of them found the main entrance of the house open and went inside, only to find Abul lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit.
The victim's wife Shamima Khatun was lying beside him in an unconscious state. The locals took them to the hospital where Abul was declared brought dead, while Shamima was first admitted to Asansol district hospital.
She was later shifted to a private nursing home in Durgapur.
Local people also informed their son Sanju who lives separately.
Senior police officials went to the crime scene and initiated an investigation.
LN Meena, commissioner of Asansol Durgapur Commissionrate, said a manhunt has begun to catch the culprits and sniffer dogs have been deployed.
Asansol Municipal Corporation Mayor Jitendra Tiwari visited the spot as well.
Police said the culprits had entered the victim's house by foot and left without making much noise. They throttled Abul and struck Shamima with a blunt weapon.
Police believe that a business rivalry might have caused Abul's death.
Adjacent police stations have been alerted and local police are also got in touch with their counterparts in Jharkhand.
When the news of Abul's murder spread, local people put up a road block on National Highway 2, affecting traffic movement for over an hour.
The protestors alleged that despite repeated requests police had not intensified the vigil at night. They also said that anti-social activities in the area had gone up in the past few months.
The blockade was eventually lifted after Tewari assured them that night patrol would be strengthened in the area. He assured them that police was investing the case and the culprits would be caught soon.
A large contingent of police reached the crime scene and talked to local people. They told the cops that Abul was a quiet man who did not have any problem with anyone in the locality. He was soft spoken and was quite popular in the area, they said.