Mystery shrouds death of Ritwik’s kin

Granddaughter of late director had gone out with friends on Friday evening, family alleges murder

Aditi Ghatak, the granddaughter of late film director Ritwik Ghatak who was admitted to a private hospital on the outskirts of Kolkata on Friday night in a critical condition and mysterious circumstances, died on Sunday afternoon triggering allegations of murder.

Aditi, a first year student of English Honours, had gone for a joyride with her friends on Friday evening. Her family lodged a missing complaint with the police at Tiljala on the same night after she did not return. On Saturday, the family as well as the police came to know from her friends that Aditi was at Ruby Hospital in a critical condition.

The hospital authorities failed to say who brought Aditi to the hospital. They said that she was immediately admitted to the ICU of the hospital as her condition was critical. Aditi, they said, was wet and had water in her stomach, which made it seem that she had got drowned.

Aditi's family has accused her friend, Gyanjeet Path, of killing her in cold blood. According to them, she had left for a joyride with four of her friends, Gyanjeet being one of them. With no trace of Gyanjeet, the family said he was behind the "murder". Her friends reportedly told the police that the vehicle in which Aditi were travelling met with an accident and she fell into a canal in Sonarpur where she reportedly got drowned.

Aditi's mother Sangeeta Ghatak, however, said her daughter could swim and therefore she could not have drowned. "How could the other three friends who accompanied her did not get hurt," Sangeeta said and added that she even got threat calls from Gyanjeet's family asking her to withdraw the case.

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