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Malda: A man in Malda district today hacked his wife to death and tried to kill his teenage son who has survived luckily with a grievous injury.

The incident took place early today morning at Jagabandhutola village under Ratua police station jurisdiction. Sadhucharan Mondal, a wage labourer, lived in a hutment with wife Renu Mondal (50) and son Uttam Mondal (16). The latter is a higher secondary student.

Today morning Sadhucharan suddenly picked up a sharp weapon and started stabbing his wife. Hearing her screams, son Uttam jumped up from the bed and tried to save his mother but he too came under the attack.

It was then that Uttam cried out for help from neighbours, who came rushing. Seeing neighbours come, father Sadhucharan fled. Renu Mondal and Uttam were taken to a local hospital by the neighbours. There Renu was declared dead on arrival, while son Uttam is admitted in a critical condition.

Neighbours said that Sadhucharan has been ill-tempered all along and used to fight with his wife often. Police have launched a manhunt for him and are trying to find out what whether there was any immediate provocation behind the attack.