Refused to pay hefty puja contribution, elderly man beaten to death

An elderly man was beaten to death when he refused to pay an exorbitant amount towards Kali Puja contribution in Nischinda, Howrah

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Howrah, Oct 16: Yet another incident of hooliganism and extortion came to the forefront when a 63-year-old man was beaten to death on Sunday at Nischinda, in Howrah district. Dulal Kanti Sen had to meet his death because he refused to pay the exorbitant sum that was demanded as Kali Puja contribution from a local club. Sen died in a Hooghly hospital on Sunday night after being brutally assaulted by two club members. The alleged assaulters were arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at Nischinda Police Station by the victim’s family. They were booked under various IPC sections.

Police said Dulal Kanti, a retired carpenter and resident of Santinagar under Nischinda Police Station was hit on the chest by the two members of Junior Boys Club – namely Subrata Dey and Krishna Dasgupta – that followed an altercation on Sunday morning. Sen fell to the ground and sustained head injuries.

“At around 10.30am, Subrata and Krishna came to our house with a bill book and asked my father to pay Rs 1001 towards Kali Puja contribution. My father politely told them that he was not in a position to pay such a huge amount. They would not listen and insisted that Dulal pay the money. My father stuck to his ground and agreed to pay only Rs 51,” said Ratan, Sen’s elder son. He said that an altercation broke out between his father and the two boys during which aSubrata and Krishna hit his father on the chest and he fell down.

Sen was first taken to Belur State General Hospital but the doctor on duty referred him to a hospital in Calcutta as his condition was critical. However, the family took Sen to a private nursing home in Uttarpara in Hooghly where he succumbed to his injuries at around 10.30pm.

On Sunday morning Sen’s family members lodged a complaint with Nischinda Police Station against the two boys who were detained on Monday morning for interrogation and were arrested in the afternoon after prima facie allegation was proved true. They will be produced at the chief judicial magistrate’s court, Howrah, on Tuesday.

State minister for irrigation and local MLA, Rajib Banerjee visited the bereaved family on Monday at their house and promised them all necessary support.

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