Two days after an ITI student was beaten to death at Diamond Harbour in South-24 Parganas district, reportedly on the suspicion that he was a cattle smuggler, a mob Wednesday attacked homes of some of the accused in the case. The incident took place on the day Kaushik Purkait’s body was brought to his village, Haridanga. The victim’s family has demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
Police have so far arrested four people, including a woman. Police sources, however, said that main accused, local panchayat Up-Pradhan of Trinamool Congress Tapas Mallick, is still at large.
Alleging police inaction, a mob Wednesday attacked Mallick’s residence and ransacked the homes of Subol Bhowmik, Dudh Kumar Bhowmik and Kajal Bhowmik, all of them accused in the murder case. None of them were at home during the attack. The mob threw some cycle vans outside Mallick’s residence into an adjacent pond and also set afire piles of hay.
Tension prevails in the village and heavy police force has been deployed to prevent any untoward incidents.
CPM leader Kanti Ganguly visited the village and urged people to refrain from violence. He also said that if police did their duty, the situation would not have become so violent. “Police should grow a spine and not cow down to political pressure,” he added.
BJP supporters, meanwhile, took out a silent rally in the village to protest against the alleged murder.
None of the top TMC leaders commented on the issue.
TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee and senior party leader Subrata Mukherjee said they had not heard of the incident. The secretary of TMC MP from Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banerjee said he was not available for comment.
TMC MLA from Diamond Harbour Dipak Kumar Halder told The Indian Express: “Four accused have been arrested, but I think they should arrest everyone named in the FIR . It is a brutal murder and no one should be spared on the basis of political affiliation,” he said.
Kaushik is survived by his parents and two sisters, one of whom is a first-year college student and the other is in Class VI. His father hit out at police for failing to arrest the main accused so far. “I have no faith in state police. We want a CBI probe,” he said.