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Woman lynched for killing daughter-in-law

An nfuriated mob lynched a mother-in-law, who allegedly killed a newly married woman in South 24 Parganas’ Sagar police station area.

The body of Shampa Laha was found near a marshy land on Saturday morning.Soon after noticing 
Shampa’s body, the angry villagers gheraod the accused mother-in-law 
Lakshmi Laha.

She was beaten to death by the mob before police could reach there to rescue her.

This incident is a grim reminder of a similar incident which had taken place in Birbhum earlier this week.

In that incident a housewife was killed by her husband at Margram in Birbhum district.

The neighbour of the locality recovered the body beside her thatched house. They called up the police who had taken the body to the morgue for post-mortem.

Hasina Biwi, the 24-year-old woman was strangled to death. Her husband, Ramjan Sheikh is the main person whom the investigator is suspecting. Ramjan had gone at large.

Meanwhile, in the Sagar incident on Saturday, police have arrested 18 people including Sukhdeb Laha, the husband of the murdered housewife. “We have arrested many villagers who were involved in the lynching. Nobody should take the law in their hands. However, the accused husband has also been arrested,” said a police officer.

Dowry is the main reason behind these two incidents, the police believe. In the Birbhum incident, the woman was strangled with her dupatta and the body was taken out of the house. Her husband dumped the body beside their house. But the neighbour saw the body there. 

The accused decamped when they started searching for him. Five years ago, the husband had taken a cash of Rs 1.05 lakh as dowry along with jewelleries worth Rs 50,000. But his demand was much bigger than what he had accepted.

In the case of Sagar, the Laha family demanded Rs 5 lakh from the father of girl, who was married to their family.
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