Indian man keeps mother’s mummified body in freezer for 3 years

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KOLKATA: An Indian in his fifties was arrested by Kolkata police after he was found living with his mother’s body that he had preserved in a refrigerator at his house for the past three years, reported Hindustan Times.

Subhabrata Majumdar, a leather technologist’s, mother Bina died in a private nursing home in April 2015. However, instead of following the Hindu rites for the dead, Majumdar applied ‘mummification’ techniques to preserve her body in a commercial freezer used to store ice-cream and frozen food in stores.

Majumdar was detained from his two-storey house in Behala by officers from the local station and the Kolkata homicide department, who were acting on a tip-off. Majumdar’s father Gopal, who too lives at the house, is also being questioned.

Police found a second freezer, similar to the one in which he kept his mother’s body, at the house. Both freezers were on the first floor, while the Majumdars used to stay on the ground floor.

An officer at the police station said that: “Preliminary investigation is going on. We cannot reveal anything at the moment.”

A police officer said Majumdar had removed the internal organs from his mother’s body for preservation. “Chemicals such as formaldehyde were used for preservation,” said the officer on condition of anonymity.

Locals said the Majumdars kept aloof and did not mix with anyone in the neighbourhood. Neighbours’ suspicions grew when a high-tonnage air conditioning machine was installed in the vacant first floor. The machine used to run all the time, the neighbours told police.

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