By Our Newsmen
Kolkata / Siliguri, 12 November: KOLKATA Police have plans to move the state Juvenile Justice Board urging that two minor girls arrested for the murder of a senior functionary of a sex-workers’ NGO in the city be tried as adults.
The two girls, who had vanished on 02 November after the murder of Kavita Roy (59), a former president and caretaker of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee office at Sonagachi in north Kolkata, were arrested from Siliguri on Thursday (10 November) night.
They were produced before the district Juvenile Justice Board in Darjeeling yesterday and have been brought to Kolkata today.
In preliminary questioning, the two girls have told police that they murdered Roy around 11.25 pm on 01 November so to flee as Durbar had stopped them from joining the sex-trade.
Subsequently, they looted Rs 750 from the cash box of a medical clinic that Durbar runs on the ground floor of its office building. With the help of this money they reached Howrah station and from there boarded a train to Malda at 03.25 am on 02 November.
On reaching Malda in the morning around noon, the two then boarded another train to New Jalpaiguri station near Siliguri. In the train, they somehow earned the sympathy of a man and borrowed Rs 800 from him.
After reaching Siliguri, the girls went to Hakimpara and checked in into a low-cost lodge there. With the money getting exhausted, they went to the Khalpara red-light area in Siliguri on 10 November and were loitering around that activist of a child rights NGO spotted them and brought to their shelter home.
The NGO subsequently informed Siliguri Police, who lost no time in realising that the two girls were the ones whom Kolkata Police were looking for in connection with the Durbar caretaker murder. This is because Kolkata Police had tipped off Siliguri Police that the duo’s mobile had been tracked to north Bengal.
The two girls, aged around 16-years, are natives of Bongaon in North 24-Parganas. They were rescued by activists of Durbar from Bowbazar red-light area on 31 October and then kept in the custody of Kavita Roy in Durbar’s heard office at 12/5 Nilmoni Mitra Street.
They were to be sent to a child welfare home on 02 November but were found missing from Durbar office on that day morning, while Kavita Roy was lying murdered with a gamcha (cotton towel) tied around her neck and head smashed with a spice grinding stone.