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Barasat: Police have arrested a mid-level officer of Kolkata airport on charges of murdering her second husband. Investigators have claimed that the woman has confessed to her crime.

Pratul Chakraborty (52) was found dead in his rented house at Ward 15 of Panihati in North 24-Parganas district yesterday (20 December) noon.

Taking a cue from the receipt of a hotel at Baguiati in north Kolkata found in the house, a team from Khardah police station went there enquiring about Pratul.

This revealed that he had stayed in the hotel a few days ago along with a woman named Aditi Chakraborty (43) whom he had identified as his wife.

Police then knocked on Aditi’s house at Cossipore in the city to find out that she is employed with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is posted as a childcare officer at Kolkata airport.

Her 15-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter told police that she was in office.

Police then picked up Aditi from Kolkata airport and took her to Khardah police station. There, during questioning, she confessed to having murdered her estranged husband Pratul by strangulating him with a piece of her saree.

Aditi is claiming that she killed Pratul in self-defence as he was trying to chock her to death. Police are verifying her claim and are waiting for the post-mortem report of Pratul.

Deceased Pratul was Aditi’s second husband whom she married some 10 years ago. This after her first husband, who was an officer at Kolkata airport, died of sudden illness and, AAI employed Aditi on the compensatory ground.

Pratul used to work in a senior position in a pharmaceutical company. In the second year of her remarriage, Aditi gave birth to Pratul’s daughter. She had a son from her first husband.

But a few years into the marriage, Pratul lost his job and got dependent on Aditi’s earnings. But despite this, Aditi has claimed to police, he did not give up on drinking and luxurious lifestyle.

To meet the expenses he kept on borrowing money from banks and private money lenders making Aditi a guarantee. A discord ensued between them over this and Aditi finally secured a divorce from Pratul earlier this year.

According to her, even after divorce, he used to call her to hotels or wherever he stayed by threatening that else he will take away their daughter. In similar fashion, Pratul called Aditi to his rented house at Panihati on Wednesday (19 December) night.

During the stay, Pratul drank a lot and allegedly got into a brawl with Aditi. In the course of this, he tried to suffocate her to death with her saree. But since he was drunk, Aditi overpowered and killed him instead.

She spent the rest of the night next to the dead body and, as soon as the Thursday dawn broke, she returned to her Cossipore house. Like other working days, she took a shower and then went to her office at Kolkata airport.

Police today produced Aditi at Barrackpore court and have managed to take her on custody for further interrogation.

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