Stage actress dies of snakebite after fake doctor tries to revive her

May 11, 2018, 14:25 IST | IANS

The victim Kalidasi Mondal allegedly did not get medical help for three-four hours after the snake bite, though the incident occurred in an area very near to the village hospital

Snake bite
Representational Image

An ojha (quack doctor) was detained on Thursday in connection with the death of a 63-year old jatra (folk theatre) artiste due to snake bite while she was performing at a religious singing session with the reptile in West Bengal's Hasnabad, police said.

The victim Kalidasi Mondal allegedly did not get medical help for three-four hours after the snake bite, though the incident occurred in an area very near to the village hospital. She was attended to by the quack doctor Dayal Thakur, who tried to revive her. After the incident, Thakur, who was associated with the singing troupe, fled.

"The quack treated Kalidasi after the snakebite and she died before reaching the hospital. That is why the relatives of the deceased have filed a police complaint," Debdulal Mondal, officer-in-charge, Hasnabad police station, told IANS over phone. Hasnabad is located close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district. The hospital declared her brought dead.

According to sources, the relatives of the deceased feel that someone, jealous of Kalidasi's fame, had replaced the non-poisonous performing snakes with a venomous one. "In the initial stage of the investigation, nothing of this sort has been found. Apparently, the quack had no motive as he too had a long association with the troupe," said Mondal. Kalidasi was associated with the Jatra troupe for almost twenty years. She had earned a lot of fame in the adjoining villages as well for her performances with live snakes. She had also opened her own 'Paala Gaan' singing troupe.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

 

DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

Pervert arrested for molesting a minor at Mumbai Central station's foot over bridge

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK