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Howrah: A homeless youth was found dead next to Ramkrishnapur Ghat in Howrah today morning. His head was smashed with a stone that lay by the dead body.

The deceased, who could not be identified till late this evening, used to sleep on the pavement leading to Ramkrishnapur Ghat. Some more homeless people also sleep on the pavement in the same area.

Joggers spotted the youth’s bloodstained body early this morning and alerted the Howrah police station. Cops retrieved the dead body later in the morning and sent it for post-mortem. The blood-stained stone, with which the youth is suspected to have been murdered, was also taken away by police.

During the day, cops failed to gather any specific input as regards the killer or the motive as the youth was single. They, however, suspect that the murder could be the result of a dispute with some other persons who sleep on the pavement in the vicinity.

Police today questioned the owners of nearby shops, and hawkers, and have plans to quiz other footpath dwellers as they return to the site at night.