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'Murdered' woman appears in court

india Updated: May 31, 2009 12:19 IST

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A local court in Malda ordered the investigating police officer to appear before it after a woman stated to have been 'murdered' appeared in the court.

District Judge B C Maity on Saturday ordered the police investigating officer Dhiren Mahato to appear in court in June 5.

According to prosecution in April 2004, Sita Mondal went to work in Uttar Pradesh as a daily labourer with her husband Fekan Mondal of Ramlaltola village of Malda district.

In July 2004, Fekan returned to Malda without Sita. Sita's father Ghuren Mondal, a resident of Panchanandapur village then filed a missing person's complaint in Kaliachak police station on July 6, 2004.

After the complaint was filed, police showed Ghuren an unidentified woman's body found in a field at Ramlaltola. Ghuren reportedly identfied the body as that of Sita's.

Based on this police filed a case of murder and arrested Fekan, his mother Manjo and brother Amar. They got bail after three months.

Police submitted the chargesheet on March 31, 2005 and the trial began.

On Saturday a woman appeared in court during the hearing, claiming she was Sita. Ghuren too identified her as his daughter in the court. He now claims police has influenced him to identify the woman's body as Sita's.

Sita said that in UP, she had got accidentally separated from Fekan and lost her way. A local man, Sukhbir Singh came to her help and eventually she married him. She has been staying with Sukhbir at Bijnore in UP.

A few days ago, Sita meet a daily labourer couple from Panchannandapur village, from whom she came to know about the murder charge against her former husband Fekan.

So she decided to return to Malda and appeared before the court on Saturday.