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Durgapur, May 28: The decomposed bodies of a retired Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) employee and his wife, both over 70, were found in their quarters in Durgapur today.

A neighbour said Amit Dey, 75, had invested Rs 12 lakh in two cash-collection companies, but had not been getting interest for the past one year.

Neighbours of the Deys, who lived in the DSP quarters in Durgapur’s Mahiskapur, smelt rotting flesh around 9.30 this morning and alerted police.

The Deys’ elder daughter Purba Ghosh, 40, who arrived at the quarters this morning to give fish to his parents, said: “There was a crowd in front of the house. I, too, smelt rotting flesh coming out of my parents’ quarters. I banged on the door and found it was not locked. Some neighbours and I entered the house and found my parents lying dead inside.”

The police took the bodies of Amit, who had been a technician with the DSP, and his wife Kalpana, 70, for post-mortem.

The police said that while Amit was lying on the floor near the kitchen with his face down, Kalpana was found dead on the bed. The bodies were highly decomposed.

Chandra Sekhar Chakraborty, the officer in charge of Durgapur police station, said the police were yet to receive any complaint of murder or suicide.

One of the Deys’ neighbours, Manik Das, said Amit had invested Rs 12 lakh in two fund-raising companies in 2012. “Two weeks ago, Amitbabu came to my house and told me that he was in deep trouble as he was not getting the interest. He seemed depressed,” he said.

Purba said Amit had sold for Rs 13.5 lakh in 2012 the quarters he had bought from the DSP after his retirement in 1998.

“My parents, however, had been living in the flat by paying a monthly rent of Rs 4,000 to the person to whom they had sold it. The agreement was for two years. My father had given Rs 50,000 each to me and my sister from the money he got by selling the flat. I don’t know what he did with the rest of the money,” she said.

Purba said she had last met her mother on May 19, when the two had gone to the local market together.