Mystery shrouds the death of a tea garden manager in Jalpaiguri whose body was found inside the staff quarter on Sunday night.
The incident triggered tension in the area with people staging demonstration outside the staff quarter demanding a high level inquiry into the incident. A huge contingent of police force was pressed into action to bring the situation under control. The senior police officers from the district also rushed to the spot to pacify the mob.
Police said that Ganesh Thakur (55), manager at Lambawala tea garden at Belakoba area, was found dead in the staff quarter. The local residents spotted the dead body lying in the pool of blood and informed the police. The victim who was originally from Bihar, had been working at the tea garden for quite a long time. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim was hacked by some sharp weapon. The police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the murder. Initial investigation has led the police to suspect that an old rivalry could have led to the murder of the victim.
A senior police officer in the district said that the victim was murdered inside the staff quarter on Sunday night. The local residents are being interrogated in this connection. The local people said that the victim was a good human being and he had no quarrels with anybody. The workers of the tea garden, who found the victim lying on the floor of the staff quarter, rushed the body to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body has been sent for post-mortem.
The owner of the tea garden Sarad Kejriwal said that the victim used to bear a good moral character and the incident has come to him as a shock. The district police super Amitabha Maity said that the primary investigation reveals that the assailants knocked the door and when the victim opened the door, the miscreants pounced on him and hacked him with a sharp weapon. The miscreants might be well acquainted with the victim, police suspect.