KOLKATA: A 23-year-old airhostess, who had become the head of the crew at such an early age, was found dead outside her building, in a pool of blood after possibly falling down from the sliding window of her third floor flat, early on Wednesday. Two of her friends – a man and a woman – were inside the flat when police knocked in around 5am when they claimed to be sleeping and had no idea how the girl fell down. Police have started a probe and are not ruling out any of the three reasons behind her death – accident, murder or suicide.
Khongsit Clara Bansha Rai was a girl from Sikkim who was deployed with IndiGo airlines as a lead cabin attendant. The flat belonged to her father, Sherab Tenzing Bhutia, who is also a senior cabin crew member with Air India.
Police said, on Tuesday night, Clara had invited two friends to her flat to celebrate one of their’s birthday. Neighbours said, the three came to the apartment a little before midnight in an app cab and sound of loud music could be heard from the apartment till the early hours of Wednesday. Around 4.30am, a local resident riding a scooter saw her lying on the ground and turned her to identify her in a pool of blood. He was the one who informed the cops.
“When we went to the flat, it was locked from inside. After repeated knocks, a man opened the door. There was another woman inside and both of them looked to be in deep sleep. When we informed them about Clara’s death, they said they had no clue. We are questioning them,” said Santosh Pandey, DC (headquarter), Bidhannagar Commissionerate.
The officer said the sliding window that doesn’t have iron grills, was open and they were probing if she accidentally fell from the window, jumped intentionally or was pushed by someone. “We are probing into all the angles and have sent the body for post mortem to have a better knowledge of when and how she fell down,” said an officer of Baguiati police station.