‘Tortured’ mother dead
Krishnagar, July 4: Fifty-year-old Basanti Sadhukha set herself ablaze last night, apparently fed up with the torture of her son and his wife.
Police said residents of the Shantipur neighbourhood, about 70 km from Calcutta, broke open the main door of the house when they heard her scream. Sadhukha died at Shaktinagar State General Hospital early this morning.
Uma, the daughter-in-law, and her parents Ashutosh and Gauri Chanda were arrested after Sadhukha’s daughter Munmun lodged a complaint with the police. Her brother Sanjay is absconding. “Munmun said Sanjay and Uma wanted Basanti to hand over the house and tortured her as she refused to do so,” a police officer said. Neither Munmun nor her father Dilip were at home when she apparently committed suicide.
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Lalgola: Almost a kg of heroin, worth a crore, was seized by Narcotics Control Bureau and BSF personnel from a village here in Murshidabad, about 280 km from Calcutta. Five people, including Mohammad Murtaza, whose house was raided, were arrested.