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Arrest in Hooghly home death

Gurap (Hooghly), July 11: The secretary of a home for mentally ill women in Hooghly’s Gurap has been arrested in connection with the “unnatural death” of a 32-year-old inmate on July 1.

A team led by district superintendent of police Tanmay Roy Chaudhuri visited the home, run by an NGO, Dulal Smriti Sansad, and ordered that the body, which they learnt had been buried in the compound, be exhumed.

Secretary Uday Chandra Kumar was arrested after this.

“We found the body had injury marks. We have arrested the secretary on the charge of murder and causing disappearance of evidence. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” said the SP.

On May 23, Guria, a mentally unstable woman, was found loitering at a bus stand in Bankura. “Police was ordered to keep the woman in the home,” an officer said.

Kumar said Guria died on the night of June 30 after she fell from a height. “A doctor was called and he declared her dead, saying she had died of cardiac failure. The doctor also wrote a death certificate,” said Kumar. “We then buried her body on July 1 morning.”

It is still not clear why the home authorities did not inform the police and instead decided to bury the body.

The police were informed by the district social welfare department where a complaint was lodged only today.

The driver of an ambulance belonging to the home, Sunny Roy, was also arrested this evening. “We are looking for two more persons, Shyamal Ghosh and Sanjib Das, who live nearby. We have complaints from inmates that these youths used to get physically intimate with them,” a police officer said.