Jaleswar (Baleswar), Dec 24:
An unidentified destitute woman, who had been lying without food under a tree on the outskirts of Nimapur village for four days, was rescued by villagers on Monday and given her shelter in the premises of the village temple.
The villagers have expressed strong resentment over the gross apathy of the district administration, which is yet to take any steps even after being informed about the pitiable plight of the woman.
According to reports, a group of cowherds of Nimapur village of Aruha panchayat under Jaleswar police limits found the woman lying under a tamarind tree near a pond on Friday last.
The health condition of the woman had become critical with her face, hands and legs swelling due to intense cold. She was unable to say anything when asked about her whereabouts, eyewitnesses said.
To provide shelter to the woman, the villagers on Monday evening brought her to the temple premises.
On being informed about the incident, the family of Ram Singh of the village arranged food for the woman on Sunday. But she could not eat the food properly.
Apprehending that the woman might die of starvation, some villagers informed the local police and the BDO.
Earlier in the day, a team of policemen of Jaleswar police station came to the village to ascertain the identity of the woman. However, the BDO did not turn up.
The villagers have demanded the district administration to take immediate care of the woman.
There was no response yet from the district administration.