An ex-Serviceman, Abdul Matim, armed with a dagger, went berserk and tried to murder his wife and mother-in-law, slashing indiscriminately at them in their third-floor flat at Baghajatin, on the southern fringes of the city, on Tuesday afternoon. He even lunged at and injured everybody who dared to come to their rescue.
When the neighbours rushed up the stairs and tried to barge into his apartment, he set a gas cylinder ablaze, set his flat on fire and even rolled the extra cylinders down the stairs to thwart them.
The assailant, hounded by police and fire-brigade personnel, finally jumped off the terrace of the four-storey building and died. His wife, Sayoni Choudhury, mother-in-law, Romy Choudhury, and a neighbour, Sunil Das, were admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition.
Around 5.30pm, Sayoni, an MBA student, got back home from class. Matim, waiting for her inside the flat, pounced on her as soon as she entered and, for reasons unknown, wildly lunged at her with a dagger. A grievously injured Sayoni managed to escape and raise an alarm.
“There were deep gashes on her face, head and shoulders and she was bleeding profusely. Other neighbours rushed her to the hospital,” said a person living next door.
Das, also bleeding profusely, managed to escape, but Romy was almost unconscious from her wounds. When his neighbours rushed up the stairs, Matim hurled shards of glass, knives and other sharp weapons at them. He rolled down the extra gas cylinders stored in his flat and set one on fire inside the room. As the firemen and police closed in, Matim rushed up the stairs to the roof-top and jumped off the fourth-floor parapet.