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Murshidabad triple murder case solved, say police

A schoolteacher, his wife and their child were found dead in their home

Police have claimed to have “solved” the triple murder case in Murshidabad district with the arrest of a mason named Utpal Behra.

Bandhu Prakash Pal, a 35-year-old schoolteacher, his wife and their child were found dead in their home about a week ago.

Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar said Behra had deposited money in a savings scheme run by Pal. The latter had refused to give Behra a receipt for a part of the payment he had made. This led to a confrontation for a period of time and finally resulted in the murders, Mr. Kumar said.

Political overtones

The incident had acquired political overtones with the BJP and West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar hitting out at the Mamata Banerjee government and the RSS claiming that the teacher was its supporter.

The victims’ family, however, insisted that Pal had no political affiliations.

Pal collected money from small investors in and around Jiaganj town in Murshidabad. Behra, a man without a steady income, had invested in two schemes. He told interrogators that Pal gave him a receipt for the first scheme but refused to give him one for the other.

Weapon recovered

“For the last few weeks, Pal and Behra used to quarrel over this. Pal even insulted him, after which Behra decided to kill him,” Mr. Kumar told journalists. The weapon used in the crime has been recovered.

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