Chit fund fraud forces Durgapur couple commit suicide

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Neighbours gather outside the house of the elderly couple who committed suicide in Durgapur

Recovery of the decomposed bodies of an elderly couple yesterday (28 May), from their residence in the heart of Durgapur town created sensation. The couple, Amiyo Dey (75) and his wife Kalpana Dey (65) living alone in a quarter in Mahiskapur Road in B – Zone locality in Durgapur Steel Township took away their life at least three days ago.

Initial report suggests that failing to get dividend for months and return of the principal amount deposited with a chit fund company, the aged couple finally gave in to the menace by consuming poison.

Neighbours of the Dey’s, who lived in the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) quarters in Durgapur’s Mahiskapur, smelt rotting flesh yesterday morning and alerted police. The cops broke open the door only to find their decomposed bodies lying in two rooms. The police said that while Amityo was lying on the floor near the kitchen with his face down, Kalpana was found dead on the bed. The bodies were highly decomposed.

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Neighbours gather outside the house of the elderly couple who committed suicide in Durgapur

One of the Deys’ neighbour said Amiyo Dey had invested Rs 12 lakh in a chit fund company in 2012. “Two weeks ago, Amiyobabu came to my house and told me that he was in deep trouble as he was not getting the interest. He seemed depressed,” he said.

Mrs Purba Ghosh, one of the daughters of Amiyo Dey told that her father had sold for Rs 13.5 lakh in 2012 the quarters he had bought from the DSP after his retirement in 1998. However Amiyo and his wife had been living in the same DSP quarter by paying a monthly rent of Rs 4,000 to the person to whom they had sold it.

Sources suggest that Amiyo deposited a sum of around Rs 12 lakh with MPS Greenery Developers in January 2013 just before the Saradha scam came into the fore, much against the will of his other family members.

The police following recovery of the bodies sent them for postmortem and initiated a case. Prima facie, it was no case of murder, said Mr Sunil Yadav, ADCP (East), Asansol Durgapur Police. “The door was bolted from inside.
However, we would interrogate the family members to ascertain the provocation. The chit fund matter will also be scrutinised as we have got certain local inputs,” he added. The real estate broker, who had purchased the SAIL quarter from Dey, will also be grilled, police said.

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