A man was beaten to death by irate villagers for poisoning his pregnant wife and three daughters at Jemua village near here today.
The police said 48-year-old Abu Samad had served dinner laced with poison to his wife Ahima Bibi and daughters Amina,Halima and Samina aged eight years,six years and four years respectively.
Neighbours were alarmed when Ahima Bibi and shouted for help when her husband was strangulating them in the early hours today.
When the villagers broke open the door of the mud house,they found Ahima and her daughters dead and Samad sitting on the floor dazed,the police said.
They held Samad to the ground and beat him black and blue. Samad succumbed to his injuries at Bidhannagar Hospital in Durgapur.
The police suspects family dispute to be the motive behind the killing.