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Monday , June 10 , 2013
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Irishwoman recovers but can’t talk

An Irish NGO worker who allegedly took a cocktail of sleeping pills and painkillers, days after charging a Kalighat-based man with rape, hadn’t recovered enough to give her statement to police on Sunday.

“Her condition has improved and she is conscious but it will take a day or two before she can speak to the police,” said an official of CMRI Hospital where she was admitted early on Saturday.

The 22-year-old woman had allegedly taken 10-15 tablets of paracetamol, sleeping pills and anti-depressants.

A friend whom she had sent an SMS for help on Saturday morning found her in a semi-conscious state in a three-star hotel on Free School Street.

“She is still in the intensive care unit. We are planning to shift her to the general ward on Monday,” the hospital official said.

Two police officers from Kalighat police station investigating the alleged rape went to the hospital in the afternoon but doctors turned them away saying she had not recovered.

The police said they were waiting to ask the Irishwoman why she took an overdose of prescription drugs.

Hospital authorities said on Saturday that they were treating the case as attempted suicide.

“If someone consciously swallows a combination of so many medicines at one go, we treat such cases as attempt to commit suicide,” an official had said.

Late last month she had alleged that 25-year-old Sujoy Mitra raped her at his home after a party at a nightclub.

The young Irish citizen who is in Calcutta since May 7 had allegedly met and befriended Mitra on the dance floor of a nightclub earlier.

They met a second time at a club on her birthday, where Mitra allegedly spiked her drink and took her home.

She alleged that he took advantage of her condition — drowsy and unable to put up a resistance — to rape her at his apartment on SP Mukherjee Road.

Mitra, who is currently in police custody, will be produced in Alipore court on Monday. Sources said the court would be requested to extend his police custody.

An officer said the investigation wasn’t limited to the rape charges but it could lead to a drugs ring.

“We have information that Mitra had bought drugs from a dealer. We will see if the foreign lady could throw some light on it,” he added.