Youth who murdered aunt admits to killing son
KOLKATA: Months before murdering his deaf and mute aunt, 22-year-old Surajit Mullick had killed his neighbour's nine-year-old son Suraj, say police. But after keeping him for three days in custody, police could not break him and had released him then. Nearly a year later, after being arrested for murdering his aunt Purnima Benerjee, Surajit confessed his previous crime to police. On February 4, locals found a body of a middle-aged woman stuffed inside a card board box dumped in front of a multi-gym on Nalini Ranjan Avenue of H block, New Alipore.

Police identified the woman as Purnima Banerjee, a group D employee of Howrah railway hospital and later picked up her nephew Surajit who stayed with Purnima at her Shibpur railway quarters. Surajit, son of Shital Mullick, a police constable, admitted that he strangled his aunt to death and dumped her body at New Alipore. When cops asked him about the motive, Surajit said that he had an old grudge on Purnima.

"He told us that,a year back when one of his neighbour's son Suraj Rai went missing, Purnima informed locals that the missing boy was seen playing with Surajit. Purnima's information landed Surajit behind bars as police detained him for three days for interrogation," said an investigator.

When New Alipore police asked more about the previous case, Surajit continuously denied his involvement. But investigators suspected something wrong and informed Howrah police. After having the details about the boy's missing case, they again started interrogating Surajit, who finally confessed that he had killed Suraj after abducting him.

On March 16, 2010, nine-year-old Suraj Rai, a Class III student, whose father is a RPF constable, went missing. Locals suspected Surajit's involvement and an FIR was lodged against him at Shibpur police station. But police failed to get a clue from Surajit and released him. The missing case remained unsolved.

Surajit reportedly confessed that he abducted Suraj for ransom. But he killed him and threw his body into the Hooghly after he realised that locals suspected him. On Tuesday, cops from both New Alipore and Howrah police stations interrogated Surajit to get more details about his previous murder. In connection with Purnima's murder, he will be in Kolkata Police's custody till February 17. When he is produced before the court next, Howrah police will take him on transit remand, said an officer.

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