Kolkata Police on Monday arrested two people in connection with the death of a woman in a suspected case of dowry. Sources in the police said Pinky Mallik (28) died of burns at M R Bangur hospital in Kolkata on Sunday. Her father Dilip Mallik lodged a complaint the same day at Phoolbagan police station against Pinky’s husband Sajan Mallik and father-in-law Raj Kumar Mallik, accusing them of killing her for failing to meet dowry demands. Following the complaint, Sajan and his father were arrested.
Police sources said Pinky was admitted to the hospital on October 31 with 90 per cent burns. At the time of admission, her husband had told police that she was boiling milk on the stove when it suddenly exploded and her clothes caught fire, they added.
The victim’s family alleged that on October 31, Sajan had demanded Rs one lakh from Pinky, which she had informed to her family, sources said. The couple got married in 2010 and had two daughters and as many sons.
Police sources said that Pinky’s family alleged that they would often meet her husband’s dowry demands, but sometimes they would not. Pinky’s father alleged that her husband Sajan, a contractual KMC employee, was an alcoholic and that would keep Pinky upset.
“In her dying statement, Pinky said that she had received injuries while boiling milk. On the basis of her family’s complaint, two persons have been arrested. The probe is on to find out if she had given any statement under any pressure,” said Additional CP (Crime) Vishal Garg.