A 59-year-old urologist who stepped out of home on Monday, leaving his 82-year-old mother locked, as he often did, has been found dead. The elderly woman was rescued from the College Row house, where she lived with her son, a divorcee, on Thursday.
Bireswar Paul, who retired from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in April, had told his mother that he was going out to fetch Gangajal.
A body fished out of the Hooghly near Mullickghat in the North Port area on Monday was on Thursday identified to be Paul’s. The body has been sent for post-mortem. Police are yet to ascertain whether it was a case of suicide or accident.
An elderly caretaker of the Pauls returned from leave on Wednesday and found the two-storey house locked. “Only when Paul did not return till Thursday morning did I realise something was wrong. I called one of their relatives, who lives nearby,” said Prafulla Bera, who has been working with the family since five decades.
Bera, with help from neighbours, broke open the main door of the house and found the doctor’s mother, Binapani, lying unconscious on the floor. “She said Paul had given her tea and biscuits before leaving on Monday,” Bera said.
Police investigation has revealed a difference of opinion between Binapani and her siblings over an ancestral property at Entally. “Some family members wanted to hand over the plot to promoters. But Binapani was opposed to it. We are checking if the property dispute has anything to do with the death,” the officer said.