Footballer found dead on railway tracks in Kolkata

Ranjit was teaching football to children of his locality and drove a hired autorickshaw for a living.

Published: 24th June 2018 12:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2018 12:06 AM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

KOLKATA: As the whole world is fixated to television sets watching the World Cup football, the mutilated body of a former Under-16 Bengal team footballer was found on the railway tracks near Lake Gardens Railway Station in Kolkata on Friday night.

The deceased's family has claimed that he was murdered while Government Railway Police (GRP) have claimed to have found a suicide note at his residence in central Kolkata.

Besides playing for U-16 Bengal team, Ranjit Chattopadhyay (30) had played for Kolkata Port Trust and Salkia (Howrah district) teams. He had also received training in Germany after playing Friendship Cup for Kolkata Police.

However, an injury to his leg grounded him and Ranjit was teaching football to children of his locality and drove a hired autorickshaw for a living. Ranjit's family members claimed that he had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to a person for buying a new autorickshaw but had not got the possession which resulted in verbal exchanges between the two. Ranjit's neighbours have claimed that he was visited by a few people on Friday evening who asked him to come with them but he refused.

Sources revealed that Ranjit had an argument with his wife over watching of Brazil v/s Costa Rica match on Friday evening and left the house after the match. However, he returned soon and again went out after completion of the match at around 7.30 pm. His dead body was found on the railway tracks at around 10 pm.

While GRP have stated that the cause of death was coming under a moving train, they are yet to ascertain whether it was a murder of suicide. However, they have also claimed that a suicide note with 'nobody is responsible for my suicide' scribbled on it was found at Ranjit's residence and the same text was sent as a message from his cell phone to his wife's cell phone. However, Ranjit's relatives and neighbours have not accepted the suicide claims and have demanded a thorough inquiry into the death. A case of mysterious death has been registered and investigation is on.

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