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Cops mull cheating case in suicide

Calcutta, April 26: Police today said they would start a cheating case following a complaint from the widow of the mason who was found hanging from a tree yesterday near his home in Canning, South 24-Parganas.

“We have received a complaint from the widow of Sushanta Sardar, 42, who committed suicide yesterday. We shall start a cheating case after going through her complaint,” said an officer.

In her complaint, Chhaya did not blame any person for her husband’s death. “But my aunt named some fund-mobilising companies,” Sushanta’s nephew Niranjan, also a mason in Paranikheko village, about 90km from Calcutta, said.

Sushanta, who had reportedly deposited Rs 1.5 lakh in a Saradha company, had been depressed and used to worry how he would marry off his daughter after an agent disappeared with the deposit certificates the mason had handed over in the hope of securing a refund. Sources said he had invested another Rs 2 lakh in other fund-mobilising firms.

Subhas Naskar, the RSP Lok Sabha candidate from Joynagar, which covers the victim’s Canning home, called on the mason’s family today, as did SUCI leaders from the constituency. Naskar said he would request the Bengal government to help the mason’s 15-year-old daughter to carry on her education.

Saibal Lahiri, a member of the Trinamul-run South 24-Parganas zilla parishad, said he avoided visiting the victim’s home. “We don’t want to politicise the issue,” Lahiri said.