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Siliguri: A middle-aged man has been arrested by police in Alipurduar district for beheading his sister.

The shocking incident took place at dawn today at Uttar Panialguri village under Shamuktala police station area. The victim has been identified as Sabitri Sen (24), who was mentally challenged.

Sabitri used to live with her elder brother Sanjay Sen. Neighbours said that the two used to fight often over one thing or the other. At dawn today the neighbours heard the screams of Sabitri but did not care to response assuming it to be one more routine fight.

But at daybreak, the neighbours were shocked to see Sabitri’s body with severed head lying on the backyard of the kitchen. Her elder brother Sanjay was sitting mum in the house.

On being alerted by the neighbours, a team from Shamuktala police station came and arrested Sanjay. A blood-stained traditional bamboo cutter, with which he is suspected to have beheaded his sister, was found in the house.

The dead body of Sabitri has been sent to Jalpaiguri District Hospital for post-mortem. Police have booked her elder brother for the murder but are yet to ascertain the exact motive behind the gruesome crime.