By Our Newsmen
Kolkata / Behrampore, 12 September: IN A BID to evade landing up at the hands of a group of alert residents, a suspected thief chose to kill himself in a south Kolkata locality on Saturday.
The incident took place at Brahmmapur in Bansdroni area wherein the unidentified thief aged around 23, hanged himself in the C/33 single-storey house which he had invaded along with two others.
The house was under lock and key as its owner Shamik Duttachoudhury has relocated to Chennai for about two years now.
Local resident Sankar Das said that on Saturday dawn he was passing by the house on morning walk that he saw the lights to be on in the house and got suspicious. On nearing to the house, he heard some sounds indicative of presence of some people inside.
Realising that thieves have invaded the house, he called in other neighbours and soon a sizable gathering assembled in front of the locked out. Sensing danger, two thieves escaped by removing asbestos tiles from the roof that covers a stair at the house that leads to the first floor terrace.
But the third thief failed to get out on time even as the crowd stood in front the house and the police were on their way after being called up by the neighbours. To their utter surprise, the crowd saw through the ventilator that the thief was hanging himself from the ceiling of the stair-roof using his t-shirt.
“We shouted aloud asking him not to do so and assured him of not harming if he came out of the house. But he did not pay a heed,” Mr Das said.
A team from Regent Park police station, which reached the spot a little later, recovered his lifeless body and sent it for autopsy.
Police suspect that the deceased might have got into stealing only recently and was either not willing to bear the shame of being identified a thief or he was too scared of being beaten up by the crowd.
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In an unrelated incident, Rimpa Ghosh, a student of BA first year hanged herself to death at her house in Domkol in Murshidabad on Friday after she was strip-searched by her relatives on the suspicion of having stolen a gold chain.
The girl had gone to her aunt’s house on Tuesday, wherein she was accused of stealing the chain and subjected to strip-search but in futile. Humiliated at this, the girl returned home and hanged herself on Friday morning. Police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against five persons including her aunt and her husband.