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Kolkata woman found living with daughter’s corpse

Kolkata: An aged woman was found living with the corpse of her 24-year-old daughter apparently for some time in Howrah. The incident came to light on Monday morning at a village in Domjur.

Alerted by a stench emanating from the house of the Pramaniks, their neighbours informed the police, which broke open the door of the one-storeyed house and found the elderly woman Annapurna, a retired primary school teacher, sleeping on the floor with the body of her daughter Tanima on the bed.

The 67-year-old widow however claimed that she did not know when her daughter, a patient of epilepsy, had died. The body was sent for post-mortem. According to the local residents, the two members of the family were hardly seen going out and interacting in public.

The police however suspects that Tanima might have died in the last 24 hours and her mother to be a psychiatric patient. Superintendent of Police (Howrah Rural) Sukesh Kumar Jain later said, “The body was not decomposed. But signs of rigor mortis were found in it. It appears that the young woman died either on Sunday night or early on Monday.”

He added, “But the time and cause of the death could be known after the post-mortem. There was no foul play in the incident as the door was locked from inside. The aged woman’s son who lives in the vicinity was called in while breaking into the house.”
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Kolkata man found living with the skeletons of his late sister and two dogs since six months

Kolkata: Late on Wednesday, 77-year-old Kolkata resident Arabinda De locked himself up in a bathroom in his house, and reportedly set himself on fire. 

His body was recovered by fire department officials, who then informed the local police.

When officers from the Shakespeare Sarani police station visited the apartment, located in South Kolkata's upscale Robinson Street, on Thursday morning, they were unprepared for what awaited them. 

The police found a 44-year-old man, the son of the deceased, living with the skeleton of his elder sister, and those of the family’s two pet dogs. The police later said the dogs had died in 2014. 

The skeletons have been sent to the forensic laboratory. No arrests have been made in the case so far, but the police said they have questioned Partha De, the 44-year-old son of the deceased septuagenarian. 

Police said Partha worked in a reputed IT firm before he left his job following his sister’s death. 

His sister Debjani De, 47, who was an English teacher in a well-known private school in Kolkata, had died about six months ago. 

She was extremely attached to the two pet dogs and could not cope after the pets died. She reportedly stopped eating and eventually died three months after losing the pets, police said. 

As the police are gathering more information, more bizarre facts are being uncovered. 

Police said they have found evidence that the three skeletons were being regularly "fed". The police have found various dry food items in the house.

Police also found that Partha used to listen to his sister’s voice and songs sung by her, which were previously recorded, in the flat all the time.

He had installed speakers in various corners of the house and believed that his sister was alive, the police said.

Police said that prima facie it appeared that Partha was mentally ill. Thus, he had refused to cremate his sister or even dispose of the corpses of the two pets.

Police said Partha also used to have heated altercations with his father Arabinda.

The police have filed a case of an unnatural death. 

“We are probing all aspects of the case. We have found Partha behaving suspiciously and that has raised our doubts,” said Kolkata Police deputy commissioner (south division) C Murlidhar. 

He said they are consulting experts and would take Partha to a medical facility to assess him. 

The deputy commissioner said Partha told them about his sister’s body and that she was depressed due to the death of their pet dogs and that she had given up eating. 

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Passengers hurl bombs at each other on local train in Kolkata: 14 injured

Kolkata: At least 14 passengers were injured when an explosion took place inside a compartment of Sealdah-Krishnanagar local train early Tuesday morning, an Eastern Railway official said.

R N Mahapatra, CPRO Eastern Railway, said the train left Sealdah station at 03:20 AM and reached Titagarh station at 03:55 AM. The blast took place just after a person boarded the train at Titagarh station.

Reportedly, a scuffle broke out between 2 suspected criminals who later hurled bombs at each other.

He said of the 14 injured, seven were discharged after being given first aid while seven others were admitted to a nearby hospital.

Security has been beefed up to ensure passenger safety, he said, adding that the incident appeared to be the outcome of group rivalry.

Train services along the Sealdah Main Section was normal. The railway police were investigating the incident, which appeared to be a crude bomb blast. 

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Attempting WWE stunt: Class IX student loses life in Kolkata

Kolkata: In a shocking incident, a Class IX student of a private school in Kolkata died when he was imitating wrestling stunts at his home on Wednesday night, police said.

The incident took place in Salt Lake locality under the Bidhan Nagar police station after Agnibesh Dutta, 14, tied a belt around his neck while copying a wrestling stunt. He was alone in his room when the incident occurred.

Dutta was a student of Kolkata's Apeejay School. While he was trying the stunt, his neck got tied in the belt's noose, leading to the tragedy, police said.

The teenager was immediately rushed to the nearby R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Bidhan Nagar police have initiated a case of unusual death and the body has been sent for postmortem examination, police sources said.

The family members of the deceased said Agnibesh was watching WWE shows on television last night following which he was trying out some of the moves. He also had a penchant for martial arts (karate) that he had learnt in a neighbourhood club and regularly practised. The teen was also fond of watching wrestling championships.

The deceased's relative, Gopal Prasad Basu, said Agnibesh's mother had seen him trying wrestling moves with his karate belt while standing on a bed that night. After some time when she came back, she found him unconscious on the floor. After hearing her cries for help, the family and neighbours came and rushed him to the hospital.

Anindita Roychowdhury, a well-known psychiatrist, said: "It is very important to monitor children; what they are doing and what television programmes they are watching on a regular basis. Often, parents don't discuss or explain consequences of those shows. Naturally, children cannot get an impression about what is right and what is wrong."

She said that parents and teacher should always keep an eye on children, especially in the transition age while actively participating in their activities.

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Kolkata doctors slash man’s genitals for stealing cellphones

Kolkata:  A mob of doctors killed a suspected thief at a medical college in Kolkata by tying him up and slashing his penis with a razor, in a case of vigilante justice, police said Monday. Authorities have ordered an inquiry into the attack in which the 30-year-old man was beaten with bamboo sticks and slashed on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

“Preliminary inquiries have revealed that nearly a dozen junior doctors picked up the man on suspicion of stealing mobile phones,” Kolkata’s deputy police commissioner Dhrubajyoti De said. They dragged him into a room at the state-run Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, tied him to a pillar and carried out the attack, before leaving him to die.

“Some of them even slashed him on his private parts,” Mr De told said, adding that labourers working nearby alerted police to the attack. “Police found the man lying in a pool of blood. A razor was also seized from the spot,” he said. “The kind of wounds on his body bear the marks of inhumane torture,” he said.

Mr De added that  the unidentified man was declared dead on arrival in the emergency room. State deputy health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya ordered an inquiry, describing the incident as “very shocking”. “The West Bengal government will not tolerate such kinds of inhumane behaviour. We have ordered an inquiry into the incident. The committee was asked to submit the report in 24 hours,” she said. Two people have been detained for questioning but no arrests made.   

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ISL: Atletico de Kolkata seek elusive win against North East United FC

The standings may show them at the top but it is not all that rosy for Atletico de Kolkata and they would be aiming to end a four-match winless streak when they take on North East United FC in their return leg ISL fixture here on Tuesday.

Having started off with a bang that saw them occupy the pole position, ATK have started misfiring in the last couple of matches, picking their first loss of the season, a humiliating 1-3 defeat at home to Pune City FC. To compound their misery, ATK's Indian defender Cavin Lobo, who struck a stunning brace in Goa, has been ruled out because of a ligament tear and has been asked for a month's rest.

In such a scenario, Fikru Teferra is their only striking option but the mercurial Ethiopian, who was instrumental in their fiery start, has been struggling of late. Fikru had missed an open net in the goalless draw against Chennaiyin FC and coach Antonio Habas would find it tough to bring the team back to winning ways.

The defence, which was compact to start with, has also started crumbling following Denzil Franco's injury as his replacement Kingshuk Debnath has come a cropper. Debnath's bloomer cost the team in Chennai when his foul helped their opponents score in the dying minutes to salvage a draw. In another setback, ATK midfielder Mohammed Rafique may not be available as he has been shown the door for not attending the training session here on Sunday.

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Amitabh Bachchan: At 73 now I want to be a kid again

Kolkata: Reminiscing the independence and joy of his youth, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan Monday said he wants to be a kid again. "When we were young, we were asked by parents and elders what do you want to be when you grow up... we didn't have an answer at that time, but now at the age of 73, I have an answer... I want to be a kid again," Big B said here. He launched the first look of Bengali film "Open Tee Bioscope" by Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri.

 Big B recalled his initial days in Kolkata in the 1960s, and said the city those days was "the most magnificent and the most happening city in the entire country"."Those were the years of getting independence for the first time, being free and being on your own after having lived a very cocooned life with your family or in a boarding school where you were guided by rules and regulations and suddenly you find yourself free," he said.

"It was a great joy, and yes we were young, we were single and we were independent. We did many things which can't be narrated here," the star said. He wondered at the end of the day, "we think are we working for a living or are we living to work"?

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Chhattisgarh government to adopt children of 14 women who died in Bilaspur sterilisation tragedy

Bilaspur: After the sterilisation tragedy in Bilaspur claimed the lives of 14 women, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to adopt the children of the women who died after the surgeries. The government has assured that it will make fixed deposits of Rs 2 lakh for all the children, fund their education and provide them health care till the age of 18 years.

The decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at his official residence on Sunday. Each of these children would get a health card, which will enable him or her to avail of services at Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur till the age of 18.

Meanwhile, an official of the Food and Drug Controller Administration has been suspended for issuing a compliance certificate to the firm that supplied the substandard medicines used in the surgeries. The move comes after the state authorities had said that medicines contaminated with zinc phosphide - which is used as rat poison - was used in the drugs which could have led to the deaths.

 Raids were also conducted by the state government authorities at the manufacturing unit of company that supplied the medicines where rat poison was found. The company has been banned and samples of the medicine have been sent to Kolkata, Delhi and Nagpur labs for testing. Raids were also conducted in medical shops across the state. Fourteen women died after undergoing surgeries on November 8 and 10. As many as 122 women are still undergoing treatment at the hospitals.

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