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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Advocate Ratul Das arrested for ‘torturing’ daughter-in-law

SILCHAR, Nov 4: Senior advocate Ratul Das along with his wife Mitra Das and son-in-law Jaydeep Das were sent to judicial custody by a chief Judicial Magistrate, Silchar following a suit filed by Sarmistha Das (Dutta), daughter-in-law of Ratul Das. Sarmistha had filed a petition at CJM court on Tuesday and police arrested, Das, his wife and son-in-law last night from their residence at Ambikapatty.

The arrest of a reputed lawyer on charges of torturing his own son’s wife and two minor grandchildren has stunned the people of the town as Ratul Das is a prominent figure in the society.

It was reported that Ranenjoy Das alias Rupam, son of Ratul Das, married Sarmistha Dutta some six years back. They later moved to Noida as Rupam had got a job there. But a few months back, Rupam was reportedly found missing. Hearing this Ratul Das had gone to Noida and brought his daughter-in-law and two minor granddaughters aged four and two.

On the other hand, Sarmistha in her petition, alleged that Ratul Das, Mitra Das and their son-in-law Joydeep started harassing her after she reached her in-laws house in Silchar. They used to physically tortured her, she had stated in her petition. Just on the eve of Durga Puja, Sarmistha along with her two minor daughters were thrown out her husband’s house by her in-laws, sources said. She had then subsequently moved to her mother Seema Dutta’s house at Ambicapatty.

Seema Dutta had been since then appealing to the society to help her daughter and two grand-children through letters addressed to editorial columns of various local dailies. But nobody stood against a powerful lawyer like Ratul Das.

It was also reported that Sarmistha had come to know that her husband in collusion with her father-in-law was staying in Shillong and Rupam had married a girl chosen by her father. His sudden disappearance was, therefore, a drama allegedly instigated by Ratul Das. The court yesterday ordered the police to arrest Das, his wife and son-in-law. THE SENTINEL

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