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Left by cabbie, woman dies

Calcutta, Dec. 24: A woman died without regaining consciousness hours after she was dragged out of a taxi and dumped in front of Medical College and Hospital, leaving behind a mobile phone, Rs 3,000 and a trail of questions.

The mystery deepened when police dialled some numbers found in the phone: everyone who took the call said they did not know who she was.

The woman, in her late thirties and wearing a black salwar kameez, was found slumped outside the hospital in central Calcutta around 12.15am on Monday.

The police described her as tall and fair, adding that her appearance suggested she was “well to do”. The currency notes and the cellphone were found in a handbag lying beside her.

Onlookers claimed that a taxi driver had left her there. Some said they saw the driver placing something — probably the bag — near her before he drove away.

“Those who witnessed the matter said a taxi stopped in front of the hospital gate. The driver dragged the lady out of the car. Resting her head on the hospital wall, he tried to make her sit on the pavement and left,” an officer of Bowbazar police station said.

However, as the woman was unconscious, her head slid down the wall, the police said. It was then that the witnesses thought something was wrong and informed the police.

“One of our officers visited the spot and admitted her to the female ward of the hospital,” the officer said.

The woman remained unconscious through the night. She developed breathing problems this morning and died in the evening.

“There was no injury mark. From her appearance, it seemed that she hailed from a well-to-do family. However, these are preliminary impressions and we are yet to find out the truth,” the officer said.

The police have made a few calls to the numbers stored in the phone. “We could not find any ‘home’ number. So we tried at random some numbers mentioned in the call list. But those who picked up the phone said they did not know her,” the officer said.

The body has been sent for post-mortem.

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