BY: Kanchan Chakraborty
Calcutta High Court Wednesday intervened into a petition alleging that a woman who was told her son died soon after birth in 1997, found out in 2011 that he was living at a home run by a religious body.
The couple, however, is yet to get their son’s custody with the police failing to act on their complaint. Justice Dipankar Dutta has now directed the state to file a report on the status of investigation in the case while asking the in-charge of Belgharia police station to appear in court on May 14.
In 2001, couple Keya and Prabir Mazumdar lodged a complaint with the Belgharia police station against Keya’s father but police reportedly did not investigate the case. The couple then approached HC to transfer the case to the CID.
Keya married Prabir, resident of Pandua in Hooghly district in 1995, reportedly against the wishes of her father, Baidyanath Bhattacharjee. However, Bhattacharjee is said to have come around in a year.
In August 1997, Keya was admitted to a private nursing home in Belgharia where she reportedly gave birth to a premature male child who had to be taken to a Kolkata hospital in a critical condition. According to the petition, on August 11, 1997, Keya’s father told her that the child had died and buried at Muraripukur burial ground.
In 2004, Keya gave birth to a male child who died. In 2011, she became pregnant again but suffered a miscarriage.
As Keya went into depression, her father confessed to her that her first child had not died. Both found out that her father frequently visited Adyapeeth Balak Ashram of Dakshineswar Ramkrishna Sangha.
The petition stated they visited the ahsram where they were brought face to face with a 13-year-old boy named Surath Prasad Singh whom Keya’s father visited regularly. The child was the replica of Prabir, the petition added.
The couple lodged a complaint against Badiyanath Battacharjee with the Belgharia police station on September 19, 2011, alleging he had kidnapped the child. The police, however, did not inform them about the outcome of the investigation in the last three years. In January this year, the couple approached HC, which directed the police to lodge an FIR on the basis of the couple’s complaint.
But the police registered an FIR against Hemanta Kumar Mazumdar, father of Prabir, instead of Baidyanath Bhattacharjee, said advocate Firoz Edulji. The police did not also include proper sections in the FIR. On Wednesday, the counsel of the state informed the court that the police took the initiative to correct the FIR but it was not acceptable.
Edulji also urged the High Court to hand over the investigation to the CID.