A widow who lives alone in her Tiljala home mistook a building material supplier looking for an address early on Friday for a thief and allegedly dropped a brick on him from the balcony, injuring him seriously.
The man, identified as Khurshid Ahmed, 35, has been admitted to the Institute of Neurosciences. Police said Khurshid was “stable”.
“A preliminary probe suggests that the woman had mistaken the victim for a thief and thrown a brick at him that hit him in the head. But as the man was found to be a building material supplier, who was looking for an address, we had to arrest the woman,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.
Police said the accused, Yasmeen Begum, runs an anganwadi at her Topsia Road home. Her only son is studying engineering at a college in Haldia, police said.
“The woman had heard someone at the gate around 3am and spotted the man. Considering the odd hour, she thought the man was a trespasser and rushed to the balcony, where she grabbed a brick and threw it at the man,” said an officer of Tiljala police station. “He had gone to the area with a truck to deliver building materials. Since the lane was narrow and a part of it was blocked by a taxi, he had to get off the truck,” said the officer.
Khurshid’s screams alerted residents, who took him to hospital.
Yasmeen has been charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons, a non-bailable section. If convicted, he can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
The police have learnt that the woman was locked in a property dispute with some people who had rented another house in the locality that belongs to her.
“She might have been fearing an attack from the tenants that might have prompted her to act before verifying the man’s identity,” said an officer.