Jiagunj (Murshidabad): After achieving a breakthrough in the probe into the October 8 triple murder in Jiagunj, Murshidabad Police on Tuesday night arrested slain teacher-cum-chain marketer Bandhu Prakash Pal’s business partner Souvik Banik.
Banik is not a suspect in the murder of Bandhu Prakash, his wife Beauty and son, but he has been charged with cheating the murdered teacher of Rs 6 lakh. On Wednesday, he was produced in a Jangipur court and remanded in police custody for 12 days. His arrest follows adverse reaction from the victim’s family and in-laws to police nami-ng mason Utpal Behera as the prime suspect in the murders.
Bandhu Prakash’s cousin Bandhu Krishna Ghosh, who had lodged the complaint into the murders, had named Banik as a murder suspect. Police had detained Banik for the murder but investigators found he was not involved.
Sleuths, instead, zeroed in on Behera. Bandhu Prakash’s in-laws, however, voiced doubts about the outcome of the police probe. Beauty’s brother Sakshi Gopal said: “We want police to probe Banik’s role in the murder.” Bandhu Praka-sh’s mother Maya Rani, however, said: “We are happy with the police investigation.”