RSS activist, pregnant wife, minor son hacked to death in Bengal's Murshidabad

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KOLKATA: A school teacher, his pregnant wife, and their five-year-old son were hacked to death at their Jiaganj house in Murshidabad Tuesday night. All three, including the child, were found lying in a pool of blood with multiple sharp injuries on all over their bodies.

The man was allegedly an RSS activist.

The incident came to light when a local milkman came to the house and pushed the main door which was ajar. "The killer was inside the house when Rajib Das, the milkman, came.

Rajib screamed on seeing the bodies and the suspect, in black trousers and a black T-shirt, ran out through the rear door of the house," said a police officer.

The 40-year-old school teacher Bandhuprakash Pal’s body was found on a bed and his son Angan was lying on the floor. Pal’s wife Beauty (30) was found on another bed in an adjoining room. The man was allegedly an RSS activist.

"A sharp weapon with bloodstains that was used to kill the three was found in the house. We are yet to ascertain the motive behind the gruesome killings. We are exploring a property dispute issue. The suspect was not known to the local people who saw him fleeing away. We are yet to know whether he was hired to kill the three,’’ said the officer.

Investigations by the police revealed Pal had spent his childhood at his maternal uncle’s house in Sagardighi in Murshidabad district with his mother Mayarani Pal. He started working as a school teacher since 2005 and got married six years ago. Mayarani bought a plot in Jiaganj and Pal constructed the house there 18 months ago, said the police.

Pal visited his maternal uncle’s house on Saturday and returned home the next day. "We are probing whether there was any dispute among the members of the Pal family when Mayarani purchased the plot.

The murders, apparently, were committed to taking revenge. Pal’s neighbors said he had no rivalry with anyone in the locality,’’ said an officer probing into the incident.

On Thursday, the police came to know Pal had borrowed money from local money lenders recently to meet his financial crisis."We are exploring this angle as well. We are yet to identify the money lenders to know whether Pal was unable to refund the money," said the officer.  

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)

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