Amid festive rush nonagenarian Durga shows a picture of abject neglect

first_imgKolkata: While the people of Bengal are preparing to worship Maa Durga, a 90-year-old mother has been left alone by her children in Burdwan. According to locals, Durgarani Nag, a resident of Galsi in Burdwan, had been living without sufficient food and proper garments for almost a year.Durgarani’s neighbours alleged that her younger son Asutosh had left the house beside Galsi station without paying the electricity bill for quite a long period. He bought a new house near Galsi Market. Since then, he has not tried to know how she was spending her days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that Durgarani’s husband Sudhir Kumar Nag passed away a few years ago. Their elder son Jivan Kumar stays out of Bengal for his profession. Her second son Bipadtaran works at a shop. As his earning is not enough, he is not capable of taking Durgarani’s responsibilities. Her next son Asutosh, who promised to look after her but does not, is a headmaster of a school in Galsi and her daughter Dipali is an Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) staff. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBipadtaran alleged that his younger brother promised to take care of Durgarani and managed to transfer the properties in his name. However, he left home without even paying the pending electricity bill of Rs 16,000. As a result, the electricity department cut the connection. On noticing mother’s condition, Bipadtaran informed the local Kurkuba Panchayat about the problem. Upon getting the information when Uppradhan Sona Bagdi and Panchayat Samiti member Shaikh Sabiruddin went to meet Durga, her daughter prevented them from entering the house. Facing obstruction both Bagdi and Sabiruddin had to go back. Later it was decided that the District Magistrate and local police will be informed. In the meantime, Bipadtaran was asked to look after his mother as the Panchayat will help him to do so. Locals alleged that a huge portion of land, which was once owned by Durgarani, is now in the grip of Asutosh. Despite knowing his mother’s plight, Asutosh did not even bother to turn up and do something for her. “We are going to worship Durga in a few days. It is very unfortunate that here a Durga is facing such a pathetic life,” said a neighbour of Durgarani.last_img

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