A 55-year-old woman and her son attempted suicide by consuming poison at their Kalighat home on Saturday. Neighbours rushed them to hospital, where the mother was stated to be in critical condition.
According to police, poverty had pushed Ira Ghosh and son Indrajit, 25, to the suicide bid. “Her husband had died 15 years ago. Since then, she has been running his sweet shop. The woman had borrowed about Rs 5 lakh from local money-lenders but was not in a position to return the money. Besides, the family was also facing problems in running the shop,” said an officer of Kalighat police station.
Godown blaze: A fire broke out at a godown stacked with matchboxes and cigarettes on Balaram Dey Street in north Calcutta on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported.