Kolkata: Popular Bengali astrologer Jayanta Shastri charred to death in a blaze that broke out at his east Kolkata residence on Sunday morning.
Local residents and neighbours witnessed the fire engulfing the second floor of Shastri’s Kestopur Barowaritala residence, and immediately informed the police and fire brigade.
Two fire tenders reached the spot.
The locals saw the flame first at around 8 am.
The fire-fighting operation was hampered as the area is densely populated, an officer said.
The astrologer’s charred body was recovered from inside his house.
The recovered last remains were shifted to a nearby hospital in the EM Bypass where the doctors said over 50 per cent of the victim’s body was already charred when he was taken to the hospital.