The decomposed body of an elderly woman was found in the bedroom of her flat in Bansdroni on Wednesday.
Ananya Roy, 60, was a childless widow, police said. She had been living alone in the third-floor flat of a four-storey building at Jubilee Housing Complex in Sheikhpara since the death of her husband. “No relative turned up till evening,” said an officer of Bansdroni police station.
Neighbours called the police after being alerted by a foul smell. The police broke open the flat door and found Roy on the bedroom floor.
“Roy died at least five days ago as maggots had formed on the body. It seems she died of a cardiac arrest. There were no injury marks on the body,” the officer said.
Metro has been highlighting how the exodus of young Calcuttans in the absence of job opportunities at home has left the city’s elderly population lonely, vulnerable and in need of a support system.
According to the 2011 census, Calcutta has a 60-plus population of 5,29,154, about 11.3 per cent of the total head count.
In Calcutta, Pronam is the most sought-after support group among the elderly and alone. This joint initiative by Calcutta police and The Bengal had stopped taking members in December but lifted the freeze within days of Metro highlighting the disappointment of those denied membership.