A 30-year-old engineer was beaten to death following a scuffle, when he went out to have biryani with his friend near Maddox Square. The incident took place late Friday night and he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours on Tuesday.
Police said the engineer, Romit Mondal, was a resident of Vidyasagar Sarani at Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas. Romit, the B Tech engineer from Burdwan College, had left his home at around 9 pm on Friday when one of his school friends came to call him.
He went to Park Circus in the car owned by his friend Chiranjit Nandy. There were two other friends along with the victim and Chiranjit when they went to Park Circus to have biryani. Instead of sitting in the restaurant to have biryani, they took a parcel and went near Maddox Square, where Chiranjit’s shop is also situated.
They were having biryani inside the car keeping the doors of the vehicle open while playing loud music. According to the complaint lodged by Chiranjit with Ballygunge police station, the situation turned ugly when some youth on two motorbikes approached the place and found a friend of the victim pissing at a corner of the road.
They raised objection for such act and also protested the playing of loud music so late in that area. It led to an altercation. The unidentified youth damaged the windscreen of Chiranjit’s car.
Chiranjit told the police that one of those youth smashed Romit’s head with a heavy concrete chunk. The accused had fled on their motorbikes when the victim’s friends were busy taking him to the hospital.
Police said that there was a sharp injury on his head and such an injury is quite unusual if anyone’s head is smashed with heavy concrete chunk. Moreover, there were several police kiosks in the area where the incident had taken place.
The questions arose that why the victim’s friends had not approached the policemen posted at the kiosks. Moreover, how could it happen that none of the local people had witnessed the incident or heard the sound when windscreen of Chiranjit’s car was damaged? A police officer said that the incident had taken place on late Friday night and the complaint was lodged with Ballygunge police station on Saturday afternoon.