Sex-workers’ rights activist’s death shrouded in mystery

Durbar functionaries came to know about the murder at 11am when they found the body of Kabita Roy lying on the second floor of the G+3 building. Police officials who examined the body later told that the assailants had hit the victim with a heavy object. Later, they strangulated Roy to ensure her death.

Senior officials from Kolkata police rushed to the spot to crack the mystery of the first ever high profile murder in the red light district. Investigating police officers from Lallbazar took help of the dog squad to track the route of the assailants. After visiting the spot Subhankar, the deputy commissioner (north) did not rule out the role of a trafficking gang in the murder. “After a round of preliminary investigation it is difficult to reach a conclusion. But involvement of a human trafficking gang cannot be ruled out,” he told media persons present at the murder site.

A visit to the spot revealed that sex workers in large numbers gathered at the spot to get a peek into the body of Roy from outside a police cordon. A section of them looked perplexed as this is the first time that such a murder of a functionary of the reputed NGO took place in the red light district. “I can’t even think of such a horrifying crime. The NGO has been doing commendable job to improve the quality of lives of our children,” said Malati Das.

Death of Kabita Roy has shaken other members of Durbar. Roy who has been working as the caretaker of the NGO was popular with everyone in the locality. According to Bharati De, the president of the NGO such murder in the heart of the red light district was unprecedented. “We rescue minors from time to time and give them shelter in our homes. But this time we had to pay a heavy price. We know for sure that some influential gang is behind this murder and missing of two minor girls,” De said.