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Midnapore: A father has murdered his infant suspecting that the baby was born of an extramarital affair of his wife.

The shocking incident has taken place at Kulberia village under Tamluk police station jurisdiction in East Midnapore district. Police have arrested the killed father Govinda Bayen, who is a fruit vendor by profession.

Govinda married Purnima Gayen of the same district last year and a baby was born to them about one and a half month ago. But ever since, Govinda suspected that it was not his baby and rather born out of an alleged illicit relationship of his wife.

Yesterday early morning, he strangulated the infant and then dumped the body in a water-body not very far from their house. The infant suddenly going missing raised a doubt in the minds of the neighbours and they alerted police.

Tamluk police took away both Govinda and wife Purnima Bayen for questioning yesterday itself. Following overnight questioning, Govinda gave in and confessed to having murdered his infant.

Police today retrieved the body from the spot identified by him and then arrested him for murder.