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24-year-old ITI student lynched in Bengal, one arrested

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, May 10: A 24-year-old ITI student was lynched by a mob, which accused him of being a cattle thief, in West Bengal’s South 24 Pargas district, police said on Tuesday. One of the alleged attackers has been arrested. The incident happened on Monday evening at Harindanga in Diamond Harbour where the victim Koushik Purakait had come to visit his relatives. According to the complaint filed by the family, a large mob thrashed Koushik accusing him of having stolen a buffalo. The youth was brought to the city’s SSKM Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Police said they have arrested one of the alleged attackers and detained four others. “We have arrested one person and detained four others for interrogation,” said Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Choudhary. Koushik’s father in his complaint has med 10 people for the attack including Tapas Mallik, a panchayat member representing the state’s ruling Trimool Congress. He also alleged police iction. “My son would have been alive if police had acted in time. While my son lay bleeding, some of the attackers demanded Rs.1 lakh from us,” he said. (IANS)

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