| Sarkar being taken away by the police. A Telegraph picture
Balurghat, Sept. 9: The wife and four-year-old daughter of a clerk in the police department were found dead at a government housing complex today.
Debasish Sarkar, the husband of the woman who was hanging from the ceiling of their house at Chakbhabani here, has been arrested. Damayanti, the couple’s daughter, was found lying in a pool of blood, with the veins of her legs, hands and throat slit.
Sarkar, a clerk in the South Dinajpur police superintendent’s office, had married Moonmoon in 2003.
Prashanta Roy while filing an FIR with the Balurghat police station after his arrival here from Haldibari this evening, said 34-year-old Sarkar often tortured his sister.
“She would often tell us that her husband has made her life miserable. He tortured her physically as well as mentally. We have brought murder charges against him,” said Roy.
As news of the unnatural death trickled out around 8.30am, a large crowd gathered in front of the Sarkar residence and bayed for his blood.
Angry residents of the area pelted stones at the police. Some of the constables and the inspector-in-charge of Balurghat police station Dharmadas Chatterjee were injured. The crowd also broke the windscreen of a police jeep when it arrived at 9am. The situation was brought under control with the arrival of senior police officials, including additional superintendent of police Imran Wahab and deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Sushil Kumar Dutta.
“The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Nothing can be said without the autopsy report,” said Wahab. The local people had tried to prevent the police from taking away the bodies before the arrival of Moonmoon’s family members. Finally, it was Wahab’s assurance of an impartial inquiry that made them relent.
According to Wahab, the woman’s body too bore marks of injury. There were spots of blood in the kitchen from where a bloodstained knife and a blade were recovered.
Manoj Goswami, a resident of the complex, said Sarkar used to suspect his wife. He had also told his close associates that the child was not his.
Sarkar, however, claimed that he was innocent. “I had been sleeping in the adjacent room and have no idea how it happened. I could not believe my eyes when I saw them dead this morning.” None from Sarkar’s family, who live in Siliguri, had come till the evening.