KOLKATA (IANS) – One person died and two others were hospitalised after being mercilessly beaten up by a mob in West Bengal’s Murshidabad on Wednesday, less than a week after the state Assembly cleared a bill to prevent lynching.
Police said 32-year-old Kabir Sheikh was beaten to death by locals at Lalbagh area of Baharampur town in Murshidabad after he barged into the doctors’ chamber in a chemist’s shop and vandalised it.
Sheikh’s body was later recovered from the balcony of the shop with his hands and legs tied with rope. He was declared brought dead at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital.
Police said two persons have been detained for interrogation.
In north Bengal’s Alipurduar district, seven persons were arrested for allegedly trying to lynch two persons on Tuesday night in Beniapara village under Rajgunj police station.
The locals said the duo was moving in the area suspiciously.
As policemen entered the village and tried to rescue the two victims, angry locals put up resistance and tried to snatch the duo. They also vandalised a police jeep.
Fresh police reinforcements were sent following which the cops managed to rescue the two victims.
Later, police took into custody the two persons.
The state assembly on August 31 passed The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 that has provisions for the death penalty.