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Elderly tenant in Kasba assaulted

Cops guard the house (above) in Kasba where 60-year-old Prabir Dasgupta (top) was assaulted. Picture by Amit Datta

An elderly tenant in Kasba and his domestic help were allegedly assaulted by two men and threatened with death if he did not vacate the house within five days.

Prabir Dasgupta, 60, and his family have been living as tenants on the ground floor of a two-storey building in Bediadanga near Lalkuthi since 1981.

The men entered the house around 7.15pm on Thursday when Dasgupta was with his two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, her nurse, domestic help Kiran Paswan and her children — one 15 and the other 13.

“Kiran’s son Vishal answered the doorbell and found two men at the door. They asked for me and Vishal came in to inform me. I went to the door and before I could ask what they wanted, one of them started hitting me,” Dasgupta alleged. “He threatened to shoot me if I did not vacate the house in the next five days. He attacked Kiran when she came to my rescue,” he added.

Dasgupta has identified Sona Pappu of a neighbouring locality as his attacker. An FIR has been drawn against him based on the complaint, police sources said.

Pappu has several police cases — mostly rioting and assault during political clashes — pending against him. “He is absconding. We have deployed a police picket in front of the Dasgupta residence,” said an officer of Kasba police station.

The complaint says Dasgupta was punched on his chest while Kiran, 30, was kicked during the 15-minute assault.

“I was in Dhakuria while my husband had gone to see a doctor when the men came,” said daughter Sayoni Ghosh, who lives at the same address with husband Kuntal and daughter Mugdha.

Sayoni works in the HR department of a private firm while Kuntal is with an international school at Joka.

Dasgupta had taken the 1500sq ft apartment on rent from Mandira Bose and Madan Bose in 1981. The couple died a few years ago and their adopted son Supratim passed away this April.

In absence of an official heir, the police have sealed the upper floor and parts of the ground floor.

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