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Row over programme location: Bosom friend shoots man dead

Kolkata: A middle-aged man was shot dead following a dispute over the venue of a cultural programme to be organised by a Kali Puja organiser at Chakdah in Nadia. The incident took place late night on Saturday and one of his bosom friends was involved in the murder.
Police said the victim, Bhabotosh Gayen, is a local resident and he had bought a plot of land measuring 1.5 cottah just beside New Rising Club at Chakdah a few months ago.
The victim and his friend, Papai Mistry, who is the prime accused in this connection, were members of the club and both were also involved in organising the Kali Puja in the area.
Differences between Bhabotosh and Papai cropped up when the former was not ready to allow a cultural programme on the eve of Kali Puja on the plot adjacent to the club which was owned by him. But Papai was adamant in organising the same on the plot.
Police also came to know that every year a makeshift stage gets set up on the plot for the cultural programme.
A few months ago, Bhabotosh
had bought the plot and had urged everyone involved with the club to set up the stage somewhere else in a suitable plot in the vicinity. But Papai raised objection and wanted to organise the same on the plot.
On Saturday late night, Bhabotosh met Papai in a room near the Puja mandap where they got engaged
into an altercation once again over the same issue.
The situation turned ugly when they pushed each other.
All of a sudden Papai took out a pistol and opened fire at Bhabotosh from a point blank range.
Local people gathered on the spot after hearing the sound of firing. Papai, however, instead of escaping from the area, took Bhabotosh to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The incident later led to tension in the area as local people demanded necessary measures by the police in this connection.
Police initiated a probe in this connection and spoke to both family members of Bhabotosh and local people.
Preliminary investigation revealed that there was another youth,
Sudip, along with Papai when the incident took place.

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