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After suicide, burglary jolt

A family trying to come to terms with a member’s suicide found on Tuesday that their house had been cleaned out by burglars.

Sandhya Chanda, 59, had committed suicide on June 16 by jumping on the Metro tracks at Garia Bazar (Kavi Nazrul) station. On the same day, another person had committed suicide the same way at Kalighat station.

On Tuesday, Sandhya’s family found cash and jewellery worth around Rs 4 lakh looted from their house in Sonarpur on the city’s southern fringe.

The depressed husband, 66-year-old Somnath Chanda who is a retired official of an insurance company, had stayed with son Subhajit till June 21 after Sandhya’s death.

“I brought father to my sister’s house on June 21 as he was feeling lonely. Next day, I accompanied him to our Sonarpur home to collect some documents. The house was in order and nothing was missing on that day,” said Subhajit, an IT professional with a Salt Lake Sector V firm.

The elderly father was at his daughter’s home from June 21. But on Tuesday, he decided to return to his Sonarpur home. “We were shocked to find the locks of all the doors broken. The almirahs were ransacked and the burglars had taken away gold ornaments weighing around 100 grams, silver and Rs 20,000,” said Subhajit.

Subhajit said his father was even more depressed now because the ornaments belonged to his wife. “We are yet to come to terms with the fact that she is no more. This burglary has completely shattered us,” he said.

An officer said an investigation has been started. “We’ll speak to the family and their domestic help as well. The burglars were aware that the house was vacant,” he said.

Assault

Raqibul Mollah, 23, was assaulted by a group of five men at Bhangar on Tuesday night while he was returning home from Jadavpur, police said. He is said to be a Trinamul youth activist.