Kolkata: In a bizarre incident, police have come across a man who has been living with the corpse of his sister and dead dogs for the past six months in Kolkata.
The police stumbled on the skeletons on Wednesday night while investigating the death of Arabinda De, the owner of the house whose charred body was found from inside a bathroom hours earlier.
The police reached the house in South Kolkata's Shakespeare Sarani after getting a call about a fire.
The interrogation of Partha De, 44 son of Arabinda, led to the discovery of the skeletons.
"We recovered Arabinda's charred body from the house and sent it for postmortem. Since it was a case of unnatural death, we posted two constables outside the house. They found Partha behaving suspiciously which raised doubts.
"We later interrogated him during which he told us that the skeleton of his sister Debjani, who died nearly six months earlier, was in the house. He also told us that Debjani was depressed due to the death of their pet dog and shunned eating which eventually led to her death," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Murli Dhar.
"We have recovered Debjani's skeletons and the remains of a dog. We have sent the remains for autopsy to ascertain the cause of death," he said.
"We are also looking into the cause of Arabinda's death. Until the autopsy reports come we can't say anything. Partha claimed his sister died due to fasting. We have detained him for questioning," added Dhar.
"Prima facie, it appears Partha is mentally unstable and refused to cremate his sister or dispose of the dead dog. There are also evidences suggesting he used to feed the skeletons. We are probing all aspects and seeking help of medical experts to ascertain Partha's mental status," added the officer.
According to police sources, Partha could not accept the death of his sister because of which he did not cremate her body. He also had repeated altercations with his father Arabinda, leading to his suicide.