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Lady beaten, ex-cop held

Tamluk, Feb. 19: A retired assistant sub-inspector of police was arrested this evening for allegedly beating up a 60-year-old woman with a stick after she thrashed his one-month-old puppy in an East Midnapore village earlier in the day.

Binapani Darbar, a resident of Dakshin Anukha in Moyna, became unconscious and was taken to Moyna block hospital and later shifted to Tamluk district hospital.

“She will undergo a CT scan tomorrow,” said Dr. T. Banerjee, who was attending to her at the hospital.

The woman is still unconscious.

Sources said around 12, Asish Sinha’s puppy entered Binapani’s house and ate some of the food kept on a table.

The widow is Sinha’s next-door neighbour.

“We were just about to sit for lunch when suddenly the puppy scooted into the dining room and devoured some of our food. We cooked rice, dal and vegetables for lunch. We had to go without food this afternoon,” said Shobharani, 55, Binapani’s sister-in-law who had come to the house.

Binapani beat up the puppy and chased it away.

Asish’s wife Kajal saw the neighbour running after the puppy, called Lalu. She confronted Binapani and the women started arguing.

“Either you chain the puppy and keep it in your home or drive it away. But if it comes to my house again, I shall break its legs,” Binapani allegedly told Kajal.

The former police officer got infuriated and beat up Binapani with a stick.

The woman was rescued by other neighbours.

Binapani’s husband died of cancer two years ago.

Later, Binapani’s son-in-law, a farm labourer who looked after the widow, lodged a police complaint following which Asish was detained and arrested.

Officer-in-charge of Moyna police station Raja Mukherjee said Asish would be produced in court tomorrow.