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Mother, daughter throats slit in city flat

Calcutta, Jan. 25: The wife and daughter of a retired bank employee were found with their throats slit in their Dum Dum flat tonight, with police suggesting they may have been murdered while resisting a robbery attempt.

Homemaker Namita Gunin, 46, and daughter Sreyoshi, 20, lay face down on a bed when former Bank of Baroda employee Soumendranath stumbled on the scene around 8.30pm.

Sreyoshi was a Class XII student of the National Open School.

Soumendranath, who had left for BBD Bag in the afternoon, told the police the door was open when he returned to the family’s third-floor flat at the Torsha Apartments in Subhas Nagar, 1.5km from Dum Dum Cantonment railway station.

Sreyoshi’s hands and feet had been tied with tape, the police said. There were tapes around her mouth and on the gashes on her throat. There were multiple stab injuries on Namita’s body, including her chest.

The police said the three rooms in the flat had been ransacked. The collapsible gate at the entrance of the four-storey building, which does not have security guards or CCTV cameras, was not locked.

The next-door neighbour of the Guins, a cricket coach, said: “On seeing the bodies, Soumendranath called my wife. We had not heard any unusual noise from the flat.”

Soumendranath, who used to work at the Sealdah branch of the Bank of Baroda, has been called to Dum Dum police station to help with the inquiries.

“We will probe all the angles,” said Debashish Bej, deputy commissioner with the detective department at the Barrackpore commissionerate.