A woman from Kolkata was murdered at her two-storey Ganguly Bagan house by her sister-in-law, because the latter was upset over victim serving her son ‘stale’ biryani.
A case has been registered under Patuli police station on Monday evening and the accused woman has been arrested.
Falguni Basu, 48, was attacked by her sister-in-law, after a trivial matter at their Kolkata home. As reported by TOI, the accused woman was angry when her son started vomiting after allegedly being served ‘stale’ biryani by the victim. 40-year-old accused Sharmistha Basu is an architect by profession and owns an architecture firm in the Dalhousie area. The cops have arrested the accused.
According to the police, the sister-in-law pinned down the deceased to the bed and started hitting her. She only stopped her assault, when the victim fell unconscious. The deceased woman’s husband, who was also present in the house, rushed into the room on hearing his wife’s cries.
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Falguni was immediately taken to the Baghajation Hospital, however, she was declared dead.
The family of the accused now claims that she has anger issues and is schizophrenic. They also mentioned that she would often burst into rage over petty issues. A senior investigating officer told media,
We have asked the family to provide medical details of the accused.
The officer also mentioned that there might be a possible chance that the woman died due to a heart attack. He quoted,
Though primary investigations show the victim suffered a heart attack during the assault, we will seek forensic evidence before arriving at a conclusion.
Arindam Basu (56), husband of the deceased, is a senior officer with the state agriculture department and the accused’s husband, Anshuman Basu (44), is a director of a Sector V firm.
The accused and the victim had always been on bad terms, however, they had minor arguments in the past, informed an officer. This was the first time that Sharmistha and Falguni got into a physical fight which unfortunately ended in the former’s death.
On the day of the incident, the accused’s son and husband were also present in the house. An investigating officer said,
Falguni treated Sharmistha’s son as her own and often treated him with delicacies. Sharmistha wouldn’t like that as she thought that her son was being overfed and served junk food.
On Monday, an argument broke out between the two after her son vomited while his tutor had come. Sharmistha suddenly caught Falguni by her hair near the dining table.
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Adding further, he said,
She was then dragged on to a bed and pinned down. We believe the sudden severe assault led to Falguni suffering a major cardiac arrest. By the time Arindam could rush in and take her to hospital with the help of the tutor and neighbours, it was too late. We have enough evidence to suggest this was not a pre-planned attack or murder.
DC (SSD) Rashid Munir Khan said,
A case was recorded on the basis of letter of the complaint of Arindam at Patuli police station in which he alleged that Sharmistha Basu had allegedly committed culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Arrangements are being made for post-mortem to ascertain the actual cause of death. Further investigation and noting of statements are in progress. The accused woman has been arrested.
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