Rehab centre licence cancelled after ‘unnatural’ death of woman

The West Bengal government on Thursday cancelled the licence of a private home in Hooghly district where a woman died unnaturally and her body buried without police permission.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: July 13, 2012 4:53 am

The West Bengal government on Thursday cancelled the licence of a private home in Hooghly district where a woman died unnaturally and her body buried without police permission. Five persons,including its owner,were arrested. The licence of the home,Rehabilitation Centre for Mentally Ill Persons Women) at Khajurdaho in Hooghly district,run by NGO Dulal Smriti Samsad,was cancelled with retrospective effect from April 1 this year,after it was found that it had expired on March 31,Women and Child Development Minister Sabitri Mitra said here.

The department has also ordered that all inmates be shifted to other homes with immediate effect,Mitra said,adding that the steps were taken on the advice of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Uday Chand Kumar,the owner and secretary of the home,cook Najiya Khatun and gateman Mathur Patra were arrested Wednesday night,Hooghly police sources said. The three were produced in a local court in Hooghly and remanded in ten days’ police custody today. Two others,Tarumal Das and Prafulla Mallick,who buried the body of the 32-year-old destitute woman,Guria,after her death on July 1,were also arrested this morning,the sources said.

A meeting has been convened with all the authorities of government homes on July 26 to review the situation,Mitra said.

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