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India 'Hitchcock house' becomes macabre Kolkata attraction

A house in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has turned into a macabre local attraction after police found a man believed to have mental health problems living there with the corpses of his sister and two pet dogs.

The police were alerted to the house when neighbours complained of thick smoke coming out of one of its windows on the evening of 10 June. When they entered the place, they found the charred body of the man's 77-year-old father who had allegedly set himself on fire.

The grisly case has gripped public imagination.

Armed with mobile phone cameras, people have been flocking to take selfies and photographs of 31 Robinson Street in central Kolkata (Calcutta), which has been dubbed "horror house" and "Hitchcock house" by local media.

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Image caption "Hitchcock house" has received a steady stream of visitors ever since details of the case were reported in local media
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Image caption Many people have posted selfies and photographs of the house on social media
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Image caption Local media reported that the only survivor, 41-year-old Partha De, had told police that he and his father lived with the corpses of his sister and dogs as he could not bear to be separated from them
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Image caption Police only discovered the bodies months later, when neighbours asked them to investigate a fire that is believed to have killed Mr De's father
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Image caption Interest in the house is so high, that the house may even feature in Kolkata's next Durga Puja festival

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