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Kolkata: Police have arrested the husband, mother-in-law, and three contract killers for the murder of woman civic volunteer Shampa Das in her flat at Kaikhali in north-east Kolkata.

Police have claimed that accused husband Supratim Das has confessed to killing his wife by hiring a gang of miscreants. He has told the investigators that his wife used to torture his mother demanding that the ownership of the flat and other immovable properties should be transferred to her.

Shampa was allegedly doing this ever since she got hired as a civic volunteer and was attached to New Town police station. It has come out in the investigation that Supratim was plotting to murder Shampa for the past six months and finally executed the plan on 19 May by hiring killers at the rate of Rs 60,000 each and some gold ornaments.

On the fateful night, he sent out his mother Meera Das, three-year-old daughter, and domestic help on shopping and called up his wife Shampa to return home early to cook chicken. Meera knew everything.

As soon as she returned, Shampa was murdered on the stairs to her flat itself. She was in her uniform.