Archana Roy Burman
A 65-year-old woman burnt to death in the bedroom of her flat in Aurobinda Nagar, near Golf Green, on Tuesday morning.
Neighbours spotted flames leaping out of the second-floor flat of Archana and Ramendra Roy Burman around 6.15am and alerted the police and fire brigade. By the time two tenders doused the blaze, the woman had been charred to death.
Police said the 76-year-old husband, against whom Archana had lodged several torture complaints, was missing.
The police ruled out the possibility of accident. “The death is suicidal or homicidal. We have learnt that the woman was depressed and she was often tortured mentally and physically by her husband. We have sent the body for post-mortem and have asked for a forensic test,” said Biswaroop Ghosh, the deputy commissioner of police, Jadavpur.
Till late on Tuesday, the cops were in the dark about the cause of the fire and whether the room in which the woman was found dead was locked from outside.
“The door can be locked from both inside and outside. We are trying to find out whether someone had set her on fire and left after locking the door. The body was so badly burnt that we couldn’t figure out whether there were injury marks,” said an investigating officer.
Archana has left behind two daughters, one of whom is a central government official in Delhi and the other lives in Netaji Nagar with her family.
Family members said Archana had suffered two cerebral strokes and been suffering from severe joint pain.
“The family members have alleged that Ramendra used to beat up Archana often. Archana had lodged several complaints against Ramendra with Jadavpur police station. The last one was filed on Monday,” the officer said.
Relatives said Ramendra, who was once a promoter, had moved out of the house and wanted to file a divorce suit. He came back on Monday and allegedly hit Archana and threatened to throw her out of the house.
“We will arrest the husband if family members lodge a complaint accusing him of causing the death,” Ghosh said.
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