A highly decomposed and mutilated body of a middle-aged man was recovered from a room adjoining the Forward Bloc (FB) office at Chittaranjan Avenue on Sunday triggering a commotion in the area. Police sources said that the yet-to-be-identified body was three to five days old. The body has been sent for postmortem.

According to locals and some office bearers of the Forward Bloc party office, the stench was emanating from the area for quite some time now. But today it was “unbearable”.

“Sensing something wrong, we had informed the workers of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s conserancy department, who had first noticed the body from the room adjacent to the compound of the state Forward Bloc party head quarters at 49 Chittaranjan Avenue,” said one of the local people.

They first informed the Bowbazar police station, who recoverd the body from the room. A team of officers led by DC Central also visited the spot from where the body was recovered. The Bowbazar police along with the officers from the homicide wing of Kolkata Police launched a probe on Sunday.

Preliminary investigation revealed that since the body was three to five days old, it became highly “decomposed”. Autopsy report will throw light on whether he was murdered and other details of the incident.

Interestingly, the place of occurrence was such that it could be possible for anybody from outside to access the area since it was only surrounded by a wall just adjoining the Forward Bloc party office.

Police are investigating whether the alleged murder had been committed there or the body dumped there after commiting the crime elsewhere, since the compound remained “unused” for quite some time now. Police are looking whether any missing diary had been lodged at any police station to identify the body.