Salt Lake doctor, alone at home, found dead

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KOLKATA: A doctor, in his early forties, who lived alone at his Salt Lake CD Block house-cum-chamber was found dead on Monday evening. Cops said he suffered a cardiac arrest. They informed his sister — the only immediate family he had — who lives in the USA.
Alerted by neighbours and the domestic help of the doctor, Joy Basu, cops broke into the house, to find him lying on his bed. He had no pulse and was frothing at the mouth.
There was no injury and a blanket was wrapped around the body, indicating that he had probably died in sleep. “Basu had been living alone for several years. We sent his body to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where an autopsy confirmed that he had died of cardiac arrest,” said a senior officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate.
Basu, who was a doctor of medicine (MD), was a general physician. Cops said he suffered from schizophrenia and was under medication. “Of late, he had stopped seeing patients. A relative confirmed his condition,” the officer said.
On Monday, Basu didn’t open the door despite repeated knocks by the domestic help. She then alerted the neighbours, who called the police. “Basu’s sister said she would need three to four days to fly to Kolkata. We have informed his aunt who helped us with the legal procedures, but we can hand over the body only after his sister approves. Till she arrives, his body will be kept in a morgue,” said another officer.
An elderly neighbour said that he was a popular doctor in the area.

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