KOLKATA: An out-of-work mass media executive — who lived alone on the second floor of an upscale Lake Gardens apartment after the death of his parents — was found dead in his room with expensive soft toys strewn all over.
Police said on Friday afternoon, Anirban Mirta (42) was lying motionless and frothing from his mouth. “Even though there are no visible injuries on the body, we need to conduct a post-mortem given the circumstances,” said DC (South East) Kalyan Mukherjee.
The Lake police said they were informed about the incident around 1.45pm by the apartment guards who were alerted by Hari Das — the man who supplied food to Mitra daily. Das knocked on Mitra’s door repeatedly but got no response.
“Witnesses said that the guards, caretaker and neighbours broke open the door as it was locked from inside. However, the possibility of Mitra being poisoned or committing suicide cannot be ruled out immediately. We are interrogating the guards to ascertain who all had access to his house,” a police source said.
Cops recovered Mitra’s body and took him to MR Bangur Hospital, where they waited till the evening for his relatives to turn up. A forensic team is likely to visit the flat soon.
“Whenever I went for delivery, I would merely knock twice before Anirban opened the door. On Friday, I kept knocking but he did not respond. So I went downstairs and alerted the guards,” said Das. Police said they will record his statement. Among other things, suspicion also stems from the fact that the victim had recently met a promoter from Regent Park. They had been planning to promote a flat jointly on a plot owned by Mitra in south Kolkata,” said police sources. Cops are trying to ascertain the promoter’s identity.
According to investigators, Mitra’s father was a successful chartered accountant. “The victim’s father had left behind a lot of money for him even though Mitra himself is highly educated. The rooms in Mitra’s apartment were quite dirty and it seems that very few stepped into his bachelor’s pad. His neighbours told us that he did not have a permanent employment and was suffering from some conditions related to mental health,” said an investigating officer.
Police said they will also be looking into the recent financial transactions made by Mitra. “If it is indeed a case of suicide, there has to be a reason behind it. No amount of money can last for life. His hobby for soft toys, too, must have been a costly one. All these things have to be kept in mind during our probe,” said a senior officer leading the investigation.