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Mamata jail ‘mistake’

Calcutta, May 22: Mamata Banerjee today apparently mistook Alipore jail for Presidency jail, asking officials of the first about a murder and suicides that took place in the other a few hundred metres away.

“Why are so many suicides taking place in your jail? Happy Singh was killed,” she was quoted as telling Alipore jail superintendent Chittaranjan Ghorai during a visit to the prison on her way to Nabanna.

The chief minister was referring to the murder of Harpreet Singh alias Happy, an aide of underworld don Aftab Ansari who was battered to death while doing yoga by a fellow inmate in Presidency jail on May 5. Another lifer, Sanatan Santra, committed suicide on May 20 in the same jail.

According to a jail source, when Ghorai informed her that the two incidents had taken place in Presidency jail, “she appeared surprised and asked which was correct”.