Usharani. Picture by Sourav Bhattacharyya
Tehatta, Sept. 13: Usharani Tarafdar, frail and shivering, told her son today: “Ami tor sathe jabona (I won’t go with you).”
The 72-year-old ailing woman was allegedly abandoned by her elder son Ganesh, who she said snatched her life’s savings and left her on the banks of a river in Nadia, 25km from her home, yesterday.
Usharani was found by some local shopkeepers sleeping under a tree this morning.
A resident of Mohisbatha-Koruigachi village, Usharani said her son Ganesh, a farm labourer, had told her yesterday that he would take her to her brother’s home in Tehatta. They took a bus and reached Tehatta last afternoon. The house of Usharani’s brother Nanigopal Mondal, a vegetable vendor, is on the other side of the river. The elderly lady said Ganesh told her to wait for some time but never returned.
When the local shopkeepers approached Usharani this morning, she was initially reluctant to speak, saying her son would beat her up. The shopkeepers gave her food and water and informed Tehatta sub-divisional officer Arnab Chatterjee.
The police and the SDO traced Ganesh and summoned him to Tehatta police station.
When Ganesh arrived at Tehatta this evening, a crowd of around 200 people heaped abuses on him. He denied having abandoned Usharani and requested the police to let him take his mother home.
But Usharani replied: “Ami tor sathe jabo na, ami bhai-er bari jabo (I won’t go with you. I will go to my brother’s home).”
Ganesh claimed his mother had been “missing” since last afternoon. “I never tortured her or took her money.”
SDO Chatterjee said she would be admitted to a hospital for now “as she is not well”.