|Hunt on for the man in the Hooghly.
A young woman worried about her boyfriend’s state of mind telephoned him on Wednesday morning, only to find someone else take the call and say that the owner of the phone had just jumped off Howrah bridge.
Four hours later, the heartbroken woman jumped in front of a Metro train at Kalighat station, but survived with a few bruises.
Police said the woman’s 23-year-old boyfriend might have attempted suicide because his family had arranged his marriage with another woman against his wish.
Divers hadn’t found the man, employed with a private firm, till late on Wednesday.
The woman, a third-year BSc student in a south Calcutta college, told Metro that her boyfriend had last called on Wednesday morning, declaring that he would die if she didn’t meet him. “I told him I wouldn’t be able to meet him today. He said he would die if I didn’t,” the woman said.
She called back 10 minutes later, but it was too late. “When the girl called him around 10.30am, someone else answered and told her that the owner of the phone had left it along with a bag on Howrah bridge before jumping into the river,” a police officer said.
The bag he had left behind contained a water bottle, a lunchbox with the food untouched and a voter ID card that helped identify him.
The woman walked into Kalighat Metro station and jumped in front of a train at 2.40pm. “The driver braked and she was rescued with a few bruises. She was crying inconsolably,” the officer said.
The woman’s parents were called and she returned home with them.
Her boyfriend, a resident of Chetla Road, had gone to his office on SP Mukherjee Road as usual on Wednesday but didn’t stay long. He told a colleague he was feeling unwell.
A cousin of the man, the eldest of four siblings, said his family had fixed his wedding with a woman from Bihar in November. “He was unhappy about it,” the cousin said.
Sources said the man and his girlfriend, whose homes are barely a kilometre apart, had been in a relationship for a few months. The woman’s elder brother denied knowing about it. “We came to know about their relationship at the police station,” he said.