Gopal Mitra, the accused was arrested by the detective department of the Bidhannagar City Police late on Monday after he confessed the crime to the police. He was produced before the court and remanded to police custody.
The three members of Mitras’ residence were found dead inside their house at Baguiati which was locked from outside. The investigators, initially, were perplexed with the circumstantial evidences as nothing was matching properly.
On Monday night, after a prolonged interrogation, Gopal Mitra confessed that he had killed his uncle, aunt and their daughter after hitting them with an iron rod. The motive was definitely to take the properties of his uncle.
The victims Gyanendra Mitra (60) – the house owner, his wife Bimala Mitra (55) and their 28-year-old daughter Soma Mitra who resided in the house at Arjunpur of Baguiati for years.
On Monday, the local people informed the police, suspecting something untoward had happened inside the house. The police went to the spot and found the door was locked from outside. They broke open the door.
After entering into the house, the investigators spotted the decomposed bodies of the three family members. Police sent the three bodies to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. They started a murder case in this connection.
“The accused has acknowledged his crime. He said that he killed his cousin sister first. Then he killed his uncle and aunt. The only weapon was an iron rod, which was recovered,” said an investigating officer.
The investigating officers have zeroed in on some points — victims had engaged in a quarrel with some of their neighbours over construction of a boundary wall. Gopal Mitra actually had influenced those neighbours to instigate verbal fight with Mitras.
The local people told the police that the Mitras did not maintain a good relationship with the local residents. They often engaged in quarrels with their neighbours on inconsequential issues.
The local residents did not even see the Mitras come out for last few days. They thought that they might have gone to some place as they saw the door was locked from outside. Their suspicion was raised when they felt a stench coming out from the house.
The police are also looking for some other accused who helped Gopal Mitra hatch the plan.