Mystery shrouds the death of a middle-aged woman whose body with several injury marks was found beside a waterbody (bheri) at Choynavi area in Salt Lake on Monday morning.
Police said the victim Shibani Mondal used to stay all alone in a house near the waterbody and used to run a business of cultivation of fish there in the area.
Preliminary investigation revealed that she heard some people speaking among themselves outside her house. She was well aware that there are some people who were involved in stealing fishes from the waterbodies at night. There were some incidents in the area in the past few weeks where a gang caught and stole fish from the bheris in the wee hours. But no one dared to face them, apprehending that they were carrying firearms. The owners and fish traders in the area had approached the police seeking help in the regard.
Fearing that the miscreants might steal fishes from there owned by her, which would lead to a huge loss, she came out of her house.
“It seems that the miscreants stabbed her to death as she had threatened to inform the police right at that moment,” said a police officer adding that the miscreants smashed her head with a heavy
object to assure her death after stabbing her. Some of her neighbours who worked in the waterbody found the body beside the water body on Monday morning and informed the police.
The body has been sent for an autopsy. Hundreds of local people gathered at the spot after the came to know about Shibani’s murder. They demanded arrest of the miscreants as fast as possible.
Manoj Ghosh, a local resident, said that she was a courageous woman. It was learnt that she didn’t take her mobile phone when she went out of her house in the wee hours.
A police officer said that they are quite sure of the involvement of some local people and they could also be the member of the gang that had been operating in the area for the past few days. Some incidents of fishes getting stolen from the waterbodies after midnight were reported five to six years ago. It seems that the some members of the old gang have regrouped and are committing the crime.
Police initiated a search for the accused, but are yet to identify the mastermind behind the crime. Police have also questioned some people from the locality.