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Bengal: Woman wanted to hear husband’s shrieks as her lover beat him to death

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 29-05-2017

The macabre love story of Manua Majumdar who scripted her husband’s cold blooded murder with the help of her lover has shocked West Bengal.

On May 3, Manua, a 28-year-old casual staffer at Barasat municipality, left work early to meet her boyfriend Ajit Roy, 26, at her house. The two knew each other since college.

In the same room, Ajit would later brutally murder Manua’s husband, Anupam Sinha, 34, a manager at a travel agency. The two had been married for a year.

Ajit hit Anupam on the head with an iron rod, then slashed his veins with a knife to finish him off. But before that he shoved the rod in Sinha’s mouth and dialled Manua so she could hear his dying shrieks over the phone. Initially, she had planned to be present during the murder.

After Anupam was dead, Ajit cleaned up the apartment. The next morning, he took a dip in the Ganges in Kolkata after throwing his clothes and Anupam’s cell phone in the river.

The police first suspected foul play when they found Anupam’s gold ring near his body -- a professional criminal would not have taken off the ring from the victim’s finger and leave it at the crime scene.

Ajit reportedly told the police that Manua had given the ring to Anupam on their first anniversary a few months ago and he did not want to see it on Sinha’s finger anymore.

“Initially we thought it was another extra-marital affair gone wrong. We see many such crimes these days,” said a police officer handling the probe. “But this case is a shocker for us.”

Police arrested Manua and her lover two weeks after Anupam, a Bangladeshi national settled in Kolkata, was found murdered in his home in Barasat’s Hridaypur area.

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“If Manua and Ajit wanted each other so badly, they could have simply opted for divorce and started afresh. Why did they have to murder a hard-working man who wanted a family?” said Ratri Roy, a homemaker from Ballygunge in south Kolkata who is keenly following the investigation.

On Saturday, when she was produced before a court, a crowd shouted slogans and even assaulted her lawyer for trying to defend her in court.

“I probed numerous murder cases but this one stands out,” said Samir Ganguly, retired Kolkata Police deputy commissioner who headed the homicide section for many years.

Apparently, Anupam had discovered Manua’s relationship with Ajit and the couple used to fight over it. “He never elaborated but would often regret his marriage. ‘I shouldn’t have married her,’ he would say,” Abhisek Chatterjee, a colleague of Anupam, told the media after the murder.

Incidentally, Ajit, too, was married once and his former wife told the police that he used to torture her physically.

What has shocked Kolkata residents is Manua’s cool demeanour during the probe. On Saturday, when she saw hundreds jostling to have a look at her and shouting abuses at her, she quietly wondered what the fuss was all about.

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