Tamluk, Feb. 20: A retired as-
sistant sub-inspector of police was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly beating up a 60-year-old woman with a stick after she thrashed his one-month-old puppy in an East Midnapore village earlier in the day.
Binapani Darbar, a resident of Dakshin Anukha in Moyna, became unconscious and was taken to Moyna block hospital and later shifted to Tamluk district hospital.
P. Banerjee, who is treating Binapani, today said: “We have given her medicines and she is responding. She has regained consciousness but she is very weak and unable to speak properly. A CT scan is expected to be conducted tomorrow.”
Sources said around 12 yesterday, Asish Sinha’s puppy entered Binapani’s house and ate some of the food kept on a table.
The widow is Sinha’s next-door neighbour.
“We were just about to sit for lunch when suddenly the puppy scooted into the dining room and devoured some of our food. We had cooked rice, dal and vegetables for lunch. We had to go without food,” said Shobharani, 55, Binapani’s sister-in-law who had come to the house.
Binapani beat up the puppy and chased it away.
Asish’s wife Kajal saw the neighbour running after the puppy, called Lalu. She confronted Binapani and the women started arguing. “Either you chain the puppy and keep it in your home or drive it away. But if it comes to my house again, I will break its legs,” Binapani allegedly told Kajal.
The former police officer, who heard the quarrel from inside his home, got infuriated and beat up Binapani with a stick.
The woman was rescued by other neighbours.
Later, Binapani’s son-in-law, a farm labourer who looked after the widow, lodged a police complaint.
Asish has been remanded in jail custody for 14 days.