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Monday, September 22, 2014

Poison kills two Manikchak kids, Mom in MMCH with another kid: Illicit-affair suspected

Malda, 22 September, 2014: Two kids died of poisoning and their sibling and mother are still under treatment in Malda Medical College Hospital (MMCH) in serious condition. Though the woman Suchitra Mandal (35) from Goloktola village in Manikchak police station claimed that her husband Kamal Mandal (45) poisoned her and the kids on Sunday afternoon, police, after speaking to her neighbours, believe that there may an illicit-affair of the wife behind the incident.

Officer in charge of Manikchak police station Sanjay Ghosh visited the village of Bhutni islet today and spoke to the local residents. The neighbours of Mandal family informed the police that the housewife and her husband used to have tiffs between them. Sometimes the families had to intervene to the conjugal brawl between Kamal and Suchitra.

Some villagers informed police that at the time of occurrence Kamal was busy with farming. Three kids of the couple – Puja(12), Bhola (7) and Tina (10) went to their tutor. Local sources claimed that on their sudden return the kids discovered Suchitra in a compromising state with an unknown youth. Out of huge embarrassment Suchitra fed poison to her kids and she too consumed the poison according to some local’s version to police.

Suchitra Mandal with her remaining kid in MMCH on Monday (Photo: VoM)
As the kids under the effect of poison started screaming the neighbours rushed them to Manikchak hospital and later they were referred to MMCH in critical condition. Nihar Mandal, a relative of the family said that Bhola and Puja succumbed to poisonous effect on Sunday night. Tina is still battling for life along with her mother in MMCH.

Kamal Mandal, the father of the kids claimed that he had no idea about how the incident occurred. He was yet to recover from the shock.

SP, Prasun Banerjee said, “Police have started a probe already. After the woman and the kid recover, we would ask them about poisoning. It has to be ascertained first whether the housewife or her husband or any other person poisoned the kids.”

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