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Man stabs wife, daughter to death in Machlandapur, tries to hang self

Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a husband stabbed his wife and daughter to death and later attempted suicide.
The incident has sparked sensation at Machlandapur area under Habra police station in North 24-Parganas, after the local people found their bodies. The bodies were kept on the floor under their bed, wrapped in plastic.
The local people entered the house on Monday night, after they felt some foul smell emanating from the house. After the seeing the local people, the accused husband locked himself inside a room and attempted suicide.
The neighbours managed to save the accused from committing suicide and he has been undergoing treatment at a hospital. Police have arrested the accused.
According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victims - Mithu Debnath (35), the accused's wife and daughter Puja (15), were killed on Saturday night. Puja was a Madhyamik examinee this year.
Police suspect that the accused, Sekhar Debnath, might have committed the crime due to prolonged depression, arising due to financial constraints.
He had later wrapped their bodies in plastic, to keep the smell from spreading in the area.
The local residents told police that Puja was last seen when she returned home after appearing for her Madhyamik examination on Saturday afternoon. They told the police that her mother was also not seen since Saturday evening.
Debnath had suffered a huge loss after investing money in a chit fund company. According to the local residents, Debnath had borrowed money from many people, but had been unable to repay the amount.
As a result of this, he had been under tremendous mental depression. They also alleged that the accused had been throwing stones on passersby from his house, during the past few days.
People also heard him uttering the words, "What's the point in living alone in the house when the family members no longer live. I will commit suicide."
Following the incident, some local people gathered in front of his house on Sunday, when they got the foul smell. They went inside the house and found the woman and her daughter lying dead, wrapped in plastic.
They stopped the accused, who tried to hang himself from a ceiling fan. He was immediately rushed to Habra State General Hospital. After being informed, police recovered the bodies of the accused's wife and their daughter.
Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. They said that the victims had multiple injuries on their bodies, which suggest that they had been stabbed by a sharp weapon.

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