statesman news service
KOLKATA, 25 JUNE: A mentally-deranged woman threw her 7-year-old son into Tolly’s nullah from Sukanta Setu at Bansdroni this afternoon, confounding local residents and police.
Officers of the Disaster Management Group (DMG) and divers were pressed into service to search for the boy.
The search continued till late into the night, but they are yet to find him.
A senior police officer said that local residents and vendors saw the woman, Rajani Kumari Devi, a resident of Sonarpur in North 24-Parganas, throwing her son into the canal. They
caught the woman and informed police.
Policemen from Regent Park Police Station went to the spot and contacted senior police officers after they came to know the entire incident.
The rescue work was initiated within 20 minutes of the incident.
A few pieces of clothing, reportedly belonging to the child, was found on the sides of the nullah, but the child couldn’t be traced.
Police came to know after preliminary investigation that Devi has three more daughters.
She left her Baruipur home with her 7-year-old at around 2.15 p.m. when her eldest daughter, a Class IX student, went to school.
"She had been undergoing treatment and she was released a few days ago from a mental hospital. She couldn’t tell that how she, a mentally deranged woman, managed to reach Sukanta Setu from Baruipur," the police officer said.
Police spoke to her husband, Mr Ashok Sen, who works in a courier company at Burabazar, but are yet to ascertain what had prompted the woman to throw her child into the nullah.