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Since 1st March, 1999
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Raiders’ bomb kills woman

Barasat, April 3: A young woman was killed while trying to resist a raid on her house by two youths at Fazilpur village in Deganga of North 24-Parganas last night.

Jahanara Khatun, 20, was sleeping with her parents and sisters in the courtyard of their house when two men armed with choppers and bombs tried to break in around 1.45 am. Sub-divisional police officer Bhuban Mondal said the raiders first slashed and injured one of Jahanara’s two brothers, who came out on hearing a noise, by hitting him with a sharp weapon on the head.

Jahanara and her father fought to prevent the duo from entering the house even as they were attacked with choppers. Jahanara’s mother was already slashed on her arm. Faced with such stiff resistance from the woman, the criminals shouted that even if they did not take anything else, they would definitely snatch Jahanara, Mondal said.

At this, Jahanara shouted that she recognised one of them. Panicky, one of the criminals is reported to have shouted “use the bombs, it is our only way out of here”.

As Jahanara managed to squirm out of an attacker’s grasp, a bomb was hurled at her; it hit her arm and exploded. She died on the spot as a hail of splinters stabbed her chest. Police said no one was arrested till late this evening.

Investigators said local youths could have been involved as a couple of them had apparently made several unsuccessful propositions to her in the past. Police is on the lookout for two, missing since the incident.

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