Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman who succumbed to her burn injuries when she was taken to a hospital in East Midnapore.
The victim's family members alleged that she was tortured and set on fire. However, the police were told by her in-laws that she set herself on fire on Saturday night and her husband also received burn injuries while trying to save her.
The incident took place in Pataspur area of East Midnapore on Sunday morning. A senior police officer from the district said they have started an unnatural death case and they would probe into all possible angles of the incident.
The woman was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning and she succumbed to her injuries on Friday morning. Allegations against the victim's in-laws that they had set the woman on fire as her parents failed to give them money have also been levelled.
The police officer said they haven't received any such complaint yet. But they have initiated a case to probe in this connection.
They will be taking statements of the victim's parents and at the same time, they would try to find whether there was any foul play by the victim's in-laws.
Another police officer said even if they consider that the woman had committed suicide, then there must be a reason behind it. Police are trying to know what had happened on Thursday night that led to the incident.
According to police, the victim Maya Mondal (45) was found in charred condition by the locals at Patashpur II close to Pariharpur jungle. Police are not also ruling out the possibility of suicide. The victim had married one Chandan Mondal a few years ago and they have no child.