The body of a 32-year-old mentally challenged woman, who died at a private home in Hooghly, 60 km from Kolkata, was exhumed on Wednesday evening after locals complained of foul play.
Police also arrested Uday Chanda Kumar, secretary of the NGO, Dulal Smriti Samsad, that runs the home for the mentally challenged.
Officers from Bankura Sadar police station had admitted the woman to the welfare home about a month and a half ago, where she was named Guria.
When Guria died on July 1, Kumar, a homeopathy practitioner issued the death certificate, in which he mentioned cardiac arrest as the cause of death.
According to police, locals suspected that something was amiss when the body was buried in the campus.
“They later learnt that she had been sexually abused by one of Kumar's friends,” said a police officer, who did not want to be named.
When police questioned Kumar as well as other staff of the home, many discrepancies surfaced. Some said she fell from her bed, while some others said she had fallen out of the window of her room. And that is when police decided to register a case of unnatural death, revealed sources.
“There is also no answer to why she was buried on July 8 when she had died on July 1,” said a senior police officer.
“There are reasons to doubt whether she died a natural death. Post mortem report will reveal the truth,” said superintendent of police Tanmay Roy Choudhury after visiting the welfare home.
Local Trinamool MLA, Ashima Patra, said, “This is inhuman. If the allegation is true, the culprits should be punished.”
Meanwhile, State Women and Child Development minister Sabitri Mitra said in Kolkata that she had asked the Hooghly district magistrate to inquire into the incident.