‘Killer’ constable held near border

A Constable who allegedly shot three persons with his service weapon at Barrackpore on Sunday, was arrested from a border post in Murshidabad district while he was trying to cross over to Bangladesh on Monday morning.

The constable, Pijush Kanti Ghosh of the 8th battalion of the State Armed Police, was on the run from Ardali Bazar area of Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district since Sunday.

Ghosh, a resident of Jalangi in Sagarpara village, had allegedly shot a man, his wife and the man's sister over some differences early Sunday morning.

He held by the BSF near the Kharpara border post under Raninagar police station around 4.30 am. When BSF personnel intercepted him, he initially claimed he was going to see an ailing relative in Bangladesh.

"He was wearing boots given to police personnel and on searching, khaki shorts were also found," said Ashok Kumar, Inspector General of BSF, South Bengal.

The BSF men took him to the Raninagar police station and handed him over to the Murshidabad Police.

During interrogation, Ghosh confessed to his crime. Based on information provided by the accused, the weapon used in the crime was found from a pond in Barrackpore along with a few cartridges. A team of police officials from North 24 Parganas have left for Murshidabad to take Ghosh into custody. "He will be produced in court," said a senior official of North 24 Parganas police.

The victims were Manabendra Pal (40), his wife Sarbani Pal (30) and Pal's sister Rohini Roy. The couple were residents of Palta in North 24 Parganas.

According to reports, the constable, who was a tenant of Sarbani Pal's parents in Barrackpore, was in a relationship with her.

Sarbani's father Bijoy Sarkar on Monday claimed that Ghosh wanted to marry her. The family members of Pijush, however, said the constable had lost his mental balance.

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