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Sister head cut off on road near Calcutta

Calcutta, Dec. 7: A man allegedly chopped off the head of his sister and carried it 1.5km to a police station where he surrendered, the crime unfolding near a rickshaw stand on the outskirts of Calcutta.

The police said they suspected it could be a case of honour killing, a rarity in Calcutta. A Lalbazar source said there was no record of any honour killing in the city in recent memory.

They said 28-year-old Mehtab Hossain, a tailor living in Nadial on the south-western fringes of Calcutta, suspected that his sister Nilofar, 24, was having an extramarital affair.

“We have never witnessed something as gory as this,” an officer said. Hossain was “calm” when he surrendered.

The police said Nilofar, who has a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter, had left the house of her husband and was living with Hossain and their mother.

“But she went missing on November 22. Hossain told us he came to know that she was staying with a man with whom she had a relationship before marriage at a flat in the neighbourhood,” an officer said.

“This morning, he went to the address and asked his sister to take a walk with him. She obeyed. Hossain took her to a nearby rickshaw stand around 10.30am and asked her why she had revived the affair. When she did not reply, Hossain beheaded her with a chopper,” the officer added.

Hossain also attacked a girl who had followed Nilofar and asked Hossain several times why he was taking her away. The girl’s left arm was gashed.