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Bolpur: The teacher of a primary school has been charred to death in his residence in Birbhum district and his two sisters found unconscious with their wrists slit.

Their neighbours suspect that the two sisters killed their elder brother and then slit their wrists to commit suicide. Police are yet to arrive at a conclusion.

The shocking incident has taken place today in the wee hours at Brahmanbahara village under Mayureswar police station. The deceased teacher has been identified as Brindaban Mondal (37) and his two sisters as Sathi and Baneswari, both in their early 30’s.

Sathi and Baneswari are admitted to the Suri Super-specialty Hospital and they are stable. Police have sent Brindaban’s dead body to Rampurhat District Hospital for post-mortem.

Brindaban was a teacher at a primary school in the same Brahmanbahara village. After his mother passed away a few years ago, he became the de facto guardian of the family and his two sisters as his father has always been of a bohemian nature.

Neighbours have told police and reporters that the two younger sisters were aggrieved with Brindaban for not arranging their marriage even as they were ageing. He too did not marry. A discord was going on between the three for a while over this.

Last night, their father Prabhat Mondal was out of home to attend a Janmashtami celebration at a nearby village. He returned today in the wee hours and was shocked to find smoke emitting out from a window.

He at once shouted for help. The neighbours rushed in and together they broke open the door to the house. It was then that they found Brindaban lying charred in the master bedroom and his two sisters unconscious on the floor with their wrists slit.

The neighbours alerted police and took the two girls to Mayureswar Rural Hospital, from where they were later relocated to Suri Super-specialty Hospital. A team from Mayureswar police station arrived and sent the dead body of Brindaban for post-mortem. They also detained his father for questioning.

The two sisters, who have stabilised by now, have told reporters that of late their brother used to beat them up often on one pretext or the other. They are, however, tight-lipped as to how he got burned.

Police suspect that may be the elder brother was planning to get married in the near future and this turned the sisters furious as they thought he should have arranged for their marriage first. But a final word on as to how the teacher got burned and why the sisters slit their wrists will take a few more days.

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