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Bolpur: A woman, who is a mother to four children, has been hacked to death at Murarai in Birbhum district. Three of her children too have been injured in the attack.

The incident took place late on Sunday night when Shaharbano Bibi was fast asleep with her children in her hutment at Jajigram village under Murarai police station area. Her husband, who is an unskilled worker, is away in Assam for livelihood.

According to the deceased woman’s elder daughter, who is a teenager, late on Sunday night Abdul Bari alias Monglu of neighbouring Kubanpur village forayed into their house and started attacking her mother with a sharp weapon.

Hearing her screams, two younger daughters and a son asleep next to her woke up. Monglu attacked them as well. The elder daughter was asleep in a nearby room and hence she escaped the attack.

Hearing her cries for help, neighbours rushed in. This made Monglu flee. A critically injured Shaharbano Bibi and her three injured children were taken to a nearby primary health centre.

There, Bibi was declared dead while her three children were referred to the Rampurhat Super-speciality Hospital. The condition of the children is unstable.

Police have launched a manhunt for the attacker Monglu. Neighbours have told police that Bibi was into an extra-marital affair with Monglu but was recently trying to come out of this. This left Monglu angry.

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