A 42-year-old man, who worked as an attendant at a dharamshala in CR Park, was found hanging in one of the rooms on Sunday morning.
Police said Nirmal Gourami was found hanging at Balamando ashram within the premises of the Kali Mandir in CR Park. Gourami’s family alleged the management of the CP Kali Mandir Society, which runs the dharamshala, had accused him of misappropriating Rs 84,000 and was harassing him. Office-bearers of the Kali Mandir Society denied the allegations.
Gourami had been working as an attendant in the dharamshala for the past 10 years. He lived with his wife and 12-year-old daughter in a servant quarter near the dharamshala.
“Last month, he was asked to deposit the money collected from the temple. He deposited the money in the bank. On Saturday, more than a month later, the management accused him of siphoning off Rs 84,000. He did not have the receipt of the deposited money as it is over a month now. He was threatened by the management that he would be sent to jail along with his wife,” his cousin told Newsline.
Police said Gourami was on night duty on Saturday. His relatives reached the dharamshala on Sunday morning when he did not return home. “When my cousin went to the ashram to look for him, he was nowhere to be found. Other attendants told us that his shift was over. We checked all the rooms. One room was locked from inside. When there was no response despite repeated knocks, an employee entered the room through an window and saw him hanging. We then called police,” he said.
Office-bearers of the Kali Mandir Society denied the allegations. Secretary Shanti Majumdar said till the time of Gourami’s death, they did not even know who had taken the money.
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“There is no question of harassment as we did not know who had caused the loss. We have four attendants who are asked to deposit the donations in the bank everyday. When we found that the money had not been deposited, we called all four attendants and requested them to be honest. We did not speak to anyone individually. All four attendants were present… No one was harassed or targeted because we did not know who had done it,” he said.
“We told them that we would have to inform police if no one admitted to the crime. In fact, on Sunday morning, we were preparing a draft complaint, when we heard of the unfortunate suicide…,” he said.