- Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s sister-in-law was living on the footpath
- Ira Basu is said to be mentally ill
- Ira was seen in many meetings of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the past
- Ira was a life science teacher in Priyanath Girls School, Khardah.
- From 1976 to 2009 she taught in the school, then retired
70-year-old Ira Basu, a teacher by profession, was living on the footpath of Kolkata. On Friday, the Barrackpore police transferred him to a mental hospital in the city. The police swung into action when it came to know that Ira is the sister of Meera, wife of former Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
Ira Basu, once a school teacher, has been homeless for many years. He alleged that he was thrown out of the house by a former headmaster of the school. Ira retired from a government school in 2009 and is entitled to a monthly pension. However, he has not claimed the pension till date.
The matter came to the fore on Teachers Day
The matter came to light when a group of his students honored Basu on a footpath under the Dunlop flyover on Teachers’ Day on 5 September. After the pictures went viral on social media, many people came forward to help her, but she refused to take help. Ira said that she does not need the money.
According to the local people of Dunlop area, Ira never begged or took money from anyone. She lived on the footpath in Baranagar and Dunlop area. She used to buy food from local eateries.
Was seen in many meetings with Buddhadev
It is being told that Ira Basu has been living on the footpath for the last two years. He is mentally ill. Ira has been seen in several meetings of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the past. She was a life science teacher at Priyanath Balika Vidyalaya, Khardah. From 1976 to 2009 he taught there.
image of honest teacher
School teachers told that Ira was an honest teacher. But in the last few years of her job, ‘she often came to school barefoot, dressed in dirty clothes and looking useless. After retirement she started living in the house of a former headmistress.
did not apply for pension
A former colleague said she walked on a footpath in Baranagar after the headmistress’s death and has been living on the road since then. Current headmistress Krishnakali Chandra said that Ira is entitled to pension, but she has not claimed it.
However, now the administration swung into action and the Inspector of Barrackpore District Schools asked Chandra to hand over Basu’s papers to process the pension payment.