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BSNL employee murdered for costly camera; assistant held.

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BSNL employee murdered for costly camera; assistant held.

BSNL employee murdered for costly camera; assistant held.

Police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the murder of 52-year-old BSNL subdivisional engineer and filmmaker Asim Paul after the arrest of his young assistant cameraman. Paul, a resident of Santoshpur in south Kolkata, was found murdered in a jute field near Bongaon, around 90km from his house, on Sunday.
Police said it was a pre-planned murder for an expensive camera. Police said 24-year-old accused Asim Sarkar alias Bapi stabbed Paul to death only to take his video camera worth Rs 6 lakh after laying a trap. “Sarkar had asked Paul to come to a remote place in Satberia near Bongaon’s Gopalnagar on the pretext of meeting a big producer from Bangladesh for an expensive film. Later, he stabbed him to death before fleeing the spot with the camera,” an officer said.
Paul, employed with the eastern telecom region of BSNL at Telephone Bhavan in Dalhousie, had left his Green View Road home at Santoshpur on Saturday morning ‘to shoot a documentary on Bongaon border’. On Sunday evening, farmers returning home spotted his body in the jute field beside the railway tracks on Sealdah-Bongaon section at Gopalnagar’s Satberia and informed police. His throat was slit and he was stabbed on his face. A return ticket for a local train from Bongaon to Sealdah was found in his pocket. His body was identified late on Sunday after cops informed his wife and relatives.
Later, police came to know through his colleagues that Paul owned multiple properties and was also associated with filmmaking. “Apart from the house in Santoshpur, the family owned three flats in Santoshpur, Jadavpur and Haridevpur. Besides making documentary films, he had also worked in some Bengali films as a supporting cast and an assistant director,” the investigating officer said.
The accused, a cameraman and a resident of Nadia’s Haringhata, had got in touch with Paul during the shooting of a documentary film at Murshidabad barely six months back. Later, Sarkar worked as an assistant cameraman in several films made by Paul.
Police said Sarkar was also desperately trying to make a short film and wanted to get hold of the camera owned by Paul. “During interrogation, we came to know that Sarkar had asked Paul for his camera several times but the latter had refused him. Sarkar then planned the murder,” an officer said.
“The accused has already admitted to have committed the crime. He will be produced in court on Friday,” said C Sudhakar, SP, North 24 Parganas.

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