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Blast gloom in Nadia home

Krishnagar, April 13: Nirad Kumar Roy had promised to call his daughter in Nadia last evening. A call came, only to inform her that the CRPF inspector had been killed in the Maoist landmine blast in Chhattisgarh.

Two landmine blasts triggered by suspected Maoists in Bastar yesterday killed 14 persons, including five CRPF personnel and seven election duty staff who had apparently ignored directives not to board vehicles while trekking back from booths.

Roy’s body reached Calcutta airport around 6.45 this evening and was sent to his home in Birnagar. The inspector is survived by two unmarried daughters and his wife, a homemaker.

Roy’s family members in Birnagar said the 52-year-old CRPF inspector had spoken to his elder daughter at 6.30am yesterday and had said he would return home soon as he was “very tired”.

“He said he would surely call in the evening,” said Puja, Roy’s elder daughter who is an MSc student in Calcutta. She said the news of her father’s death came at 1.30 in the afternoon.

Roy, who had joined the CRPF in 1981, was promoted to the post of inspector two years ago.

Neighbours described Roy as a “popular and jovial” person who often helped people in need.