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Siliguri: An Adivasi father, unable to arrange money for the treatment of his minor son, has killed the boy and then committed suicide.

The tragic incident has taken place at Baroghoria village in Jalpaiguri’s Malbazar sub-division. The deceased have been identified as Pandit Oraon (35) and Abhijit Oran, who was just four-years-old.

Neighbours said that Abhijit was born with a deformed body ~ he did not have an anus and instead used to defecate through a hole near his navel. His poor parents were getting him treated in a local government hospital for the past four years but to no avail.

Recently, the hospital said that the child has to be operated upon to create an anus in his body and advised Pandit to take him to Siliguri or Kolkata. But the poor man was not able to arrange the money required for this even as his son continued to suffer.

Yesterday night, as Pandit’s wife was cooking dinner, he went out lugging son Abhijit. As the father-son did not return after long, his wife sought help from the neighbours for conducting a search.

Late in the night, the neighbours found Pandit hanging from a tree standing on the bank of a pond not very far from his house. There was no trace of the little boy. The neighbours did not take down the dead body and instead alerted Kranti police station.

A police team arrived in the morning and after a search, fished out the little boy’s dead body from the pond. The dead bodies of the father-son duo were then sent to Jalpaiguri District Hospital for post-mortem.

On 1 September this year, a father had committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train with his minor son at Panihati in North 24-Parganas district as he was unable to pay for the treatment of his son.

Then, on 28 September, a father had hacked his minor son dead and hanged himself near Garia in south Kolkata as he was failing to arrange food and other necessities.