Police stumbled on the skeletons on Wednesday night while investigating the death of Arabinda De, the owner of the house whose charred body was found inside a bathroom hours earlier.

Police reached the house in south Kolkata's Shakespeare Sarani after getting a call about a fire. The interrogation of Arabinda's son Partha De (44) led to the discovery of the skeletons.

"We recovered Arabinda's charred body from the house and sent it for post-mortem examination. Since it was a case of unnatural death, we posted two constables outside the house. They found Partha behaving suspiciously, which raised doubts," said Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police (south division) Murli Dhar.

"We later interrogated him, during which he told us that the skeleton of his sister Debjani, who died nearly six months earlier, was in the house. He also told us that Debjani was depressed due to the death of their pet dogs and shunned eating which eventually led to her death," Dhar said.

He said that prima facie, it appears Partha is "mentally unstable and refused to cremate his sister or dispose of the dead dog".

"There is also evidence suggesting he used to feed the skeletons. We are probing all aspects and seeking help of medical experts to ascertain Partha's mental status," added the officer.

The skeletons were sent for autopsy on Thursday and a forensic team also visited the house to collect samples. Besides the maggot-infested skeletons, police also recovered audio CDs containing some voices and 'spooky' music.

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