KOLKATA: A mentally-challenged man was rescued on Wednesday after being allegedly locked up by the police with his mother's dead body at Paikpara area in north Kolkata.
Sources revealed that while the police were recovering the decomposed body of Mira Basu, a groaning sound of her mentally-challenged son, Anirban Basu, could be heard from the next room.
He was lying in a frail condition on the bed, sources said. However, instead of rescuing the starving victim, police locked him up in the same room, leaving him with the dead body, and sealed the flat.
Neighbours slipped water bottles and biscuits through the window of Anirban’s room but could not rescue him as the door was sealed by the police.
Police officials of Tala police station along with human rights organisations rescued Anirban Basu. He was taken to Tala police station and will be shifted to Pavlov Mental Institute.
Anirban had been living with his mother’s dead body from past six days.
The police came to recover her body on Tuesday night after neighbours alerted them of the stench emanating from the ground floor of the flat.
“The mother and son lived in abject poverty and could not pay the electricity bills due to which power supply to the flat were cut off since the past four years. The duo lived in dark for the past four years,” neighbour Malati Bhattacharya said.
“Anirban was not always like this. He had studied at the prestigious St. Xavier’s College and even had a knack for photography,” she added.