Anindita Basu Chowdhury, a 47-year-old gynaecologist with a primary health centre in Howrah’s Uluberia, has been missing since she “left for work” on Sunday morning.
She had gone to a polio eradication programme at the health centre at Bar Garchumuk in Uluberia sub-division but did not return to her Jagachha home after that, police said on Thursday.
Husband Aloke Chowdhury, a general physician who has a private clinic at Jagachha, told police that her mobile phone has been switched off since Sunday night.
“She had left for the health centre around 8am on Sunday. She generally returned by 6.30pm. When she did not turn up till 9pm, I called her. The phone rang once but went unanswered. It was switched off after that,” he said.
The gynaecologist used to travel by local train from Santragachhi station to Uluberia and take a bus or trekker to the health centre, 70km from home, her husband said.
Though he claimed that his wife was regularly going to the hospital till the day she went missing, officials of the district health department denied it. Arup Mondal, the block medical officer of health at Uluberia, said she had not gone to the hospital since September 10.
He said her phone was switched off since earlier this month. “She told us that she lost her phone,” he added.
“There are several loose ends. We’re interrogating the husband and other persons,” an officer said.
Student not found
A 14-year-old boy has been missing from a boarding school in Beleghata for 10 days. Santanu Mondal’s parents have lodged a complaint of torture against the school and expressed the fear that the boy had been murdered.
Mondal, a student of Class IX, was allegedly beaten up by a senior student under instruction from an official in the school hostel on September 9, the day he was last seen, the complaint filed by the boy’s parents states.
The police had initially lodged a missing diary on the basis of the complaint. Since there is a Supreme Court ruling that a missing diary has to be converted into a kidnapping complaint if there is no information about the victim within a week, Beleghata police station has started an abduction case.
“The family named a student and a hostel official as suspects. We grilled the two and kept them under surveillance but nothing suspicious has been found. We have searched the hostel compound and the surrounding water bodies but nothing has been found yet, said a senior police officer.
“We have circulated his photograph to all police stations and hospitals in the city but are yet to get any feedback.”
The boy, whose parents live in Ghatakpukur in South 24-Parganas, has been studying at the boarding school since Class V. His father works as a driver.
According to the family, the headmaster called the boy’s mother around 6pm on September 9, telling her that the boy had gone missing and they suspect he had fled.
“They told me that my boy had a fight with another boy and after that he fled the school. He asked me to alert my relatives and get in touch with the school if the boy returns,” said Pratima Mondal, his mother. The family went to the school the next day and lodged a complaint with Beleghata police station.
Last Sunday, some guardians and residents had searched the school compound and protested on the school premises.