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Malda: AN elderly woman today committed suicide in Malda district within an hour of her daughter-in-law immolating herself along with grandson.

The shocking incident took place at Krishnanagar village under Habibpur police station in Malda around 11 today morning. The victims have been identified as Srimati Das (70), daughter-in-law Nirupa Das (25), and grandson Arnab Das (3).

Neighbours said that Srimati used to fight with daughter-in-law Nirupa all the time on one pretext or the other. After her son Shankar Das, who is a hawker by profession, went out to work today morning, she got into a brawl with Nirupa.

Apparently unable to take the routine fight anymore, Nirupa locked herself in a room with son Arnab and lit a fire. Witnessing smoke coming out of the house, some neighbours rushed in and broke into the room only to find the mother-son charred to death.

The neighbours at once alerted police and sent out a word to Shankar Das. With a crowd of people assembling in front of the house, mother-in-law Srimati got into a room and set herself on fire. By the time people broke open the door, the elderly woman was burned dead.

A team from Habibpur police station later came and sent all the three dead bodies for post-mortem. It is suspected that the elderly woman chose to immolate herself fearing a backlash from the villagers.