Aged 72 years, and suffering from prostrate cancer, the former Principal of Narshing Higher Secondary School, Samarendra Bhattacharjee was murdered on late Friday night at his residence on Shamaprasad Road in Silchar.
He was the President of School Management Committee, post his retirement.
The incident occurred at around 12 midnight, when his attendant, Sanjay Acharjee, aged 52 years, with two kids, and runs a ‘pan shop’ by the day on Samarendra Bhattacharjee’s property at Central Road, struck him several times with a machete following an argument.
Samarendra Bhattacharjee, who was also the Vice President of District Sports Association and currently the President of India Club, Silchar’s oldest club established in 1900 was declared dead at around 2:15 in the morning on Saturday by Silchar Medical College and Hospital doctors.
The attendant who fled from the spot after the incident was picked up by police late last night from Silchar Railway station and is now held in Silchar’s Sadar Thana. Speaking to Northeast Now from his cell, Sanjay Acharjee, informed without an remorse, “I have no regret for his death. Has he died? Samarendra Bhattacharjee kept telling me to shut down my pan shop every day, which is my only source of income. How can I survive if he forces me to pull down the shutters of my shop. He died and made me dead too.”
Samarendra Bhattacharjee was suffering from Prostrate Cancer and was scheduled to take chemotherapy today at Cachar Cancer Hospital. A resident of Shyamaprasad road in Silchar, his next door neighbours are really heartbroken to hear the news of an able teacher and sports organizer, to have died in such a manner, said Ajay Chakrborty, AGS, District Sports Association Silchar.
Ajay Chakraborty, said, “I stay just 50 metres from his house and sprung up from bed after a call at around 12 midnight. Called the ambulance for him to be taken to Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) but around 2:15 the doctors informed that he is no more. Samarendra Bhattacharjee was an able sports organizer and has served district sports for more than three decades.”
He added, “He has written many books on the achievement and laurels of sportsperson from this district. His passing away is a great loss. He was suffering from prostrate cancer and should not have died this way, said, Ajay Chakraborty”
Meanwhile, his body has been sent for postmortem for the round up of this case. District Sports Association Silchar too have lowered their flag and has kept it at half mast in honour of his departed soul.