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Deranged girl battered, buried in WB welfare home

A 32-year-old mentally unstable woman, who was a resident of a welfare home, was buried within the premises of the centre. Police have arrested the NGO's secretary, registered a case of unnatural death and exhumed the body for post-mortem.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2012 15:53 IST
HT Correspondent

A 32-year-old mentally unstable woman, Guria, who was a resident of a welfare home was buried within the premises of the centre on July 1, prompting the police to interrogate the superintendent, register a case of unnatural death, exhume the body and send it for post-mortem.

The Hooghly district police arrested Uday Chand Kumar, secretary of the NGO, Dulal Smriti Samsad, which runs the centre, and Ranjit and Sunny, who helped him bury Guria’s body, on Wednesday at Dhaniakhali, 60km from Kolkata.

The NGO is funded by the Central Social Welfare Board.

Locals told the police that the woman, Guria, was possibly a victim of sexual assault, following which she was killed on July 1.

Kumar, a homoeopathy practitioner himself, had issued the death certificate, where he mentioned cardiac arrest as the cause of death. Bulbul Choudhury, superintendent of the home, has also been arrested.

"There are reasons to doubt whether she died a natural death. We registered a case after we received a complaint from the joint block development officer of Dhaniakhali. A post-mortem examination report will reveal the truth," superintendent of police Tanmay Roy Choudhury said after visiting the welfare home.

District magistrate Sripriya Rengarajan, too, rushed to the spot.

"This is inhuman. If the allegation is true, the culprits should be punished," Ashima Patra, local Trinamool MLA, said.

Officers from Bankura Sadar police station had admitted Guria to the welfare home about a month and a half ago.

Until Wednesday evening, top district officials, such as the district magistrate and the superintendent of police, were present at the spot.

"However locals began to doubt foul play after her body was buried on the campus. They later reportedly learnt about the assault on her by a certain Shyamal, a friend of Kumar," a police officer said.