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Deb visits dead voter’s family

Siliguri, July 26: Minister Gautam Deb today visited the house of Mahendra Burman, the ailing septuagenarian who died after alleged Trinamul activists pestered him to go out and vote.

“I have lost everything. It is your responsibility to see that my daughter and I manage to live. Right now, I am clueless and have no idea how to run the family,” said Malati, the bereaved wife, as the minister sat on a bench near the hut.

“They are a poor family and I feel it is my duty to stand by them. As they have to perform the last rites, I have handed over some assistance to the family, not as a minister, MLA or political leader but as an individual,” Deb said. “I would also provide all assistance to Poli (Malati’s school-going daughter) and see that she finishes her education.”

In the afternoon, Mahendra’s body was brought to his home in Jaleswari after post-mortem and the last rites were done in the evening.