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‘Taunted’ for years, man hacks villager

Burdwan, Nov 26: A 42-year-old man who was allegedly often taunted and bullied by villagers in Burdwan hacked a person to death after he ridiculed him.

Villagers said Dhiren Hembram, a Class IV dropout, had become depressed and spoke little after his father died eight years ago and his mother remarried.

A police officer said that the hacked person, Chatur Hembram, was one of those who used to regularly bully Dhiren.

“Last evening around 8pm, Chatur along with his wife Nagi and son Biswajit was going to watch the immersion of a Jagaddhatri idol. When the three were passing by a dark lane, Dhiren pounced on Chatur and hacked him repeatedly. Attracted by shouts of help, villagers rushed in and Dhiren fled. The villagers took Chatur to Kalna subdivisional hospital where he was declared dead,” the officer said.

The villagers informed the police and a search was launched for Dhiren, who was found sitting in front of a local primary school.

Burdwan superintendent of police, S.M.H. Meerza, said that Dhiren was produced in court and was remanded in seven days’ police custody.

Dhiren’s mother Munni Hembram said that after she remarried, her son became very quiet and left his work as a farm labourer.

Om Prakash Singh, a psychiatrist at Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Calcutta, said: “The way the man reacted against bullying indicates schizophrenia. This kind of mental disease often develops from loneliness.”