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Businessman assaulted for denying puja donation

Businessman assaulted for denying puja donation

Kolkata: A businessman was allegedly assaulted by some members of a local club at Byantra in Howrah.

According to sources, some local club members had organised Raksha Kali Puja for which they were collecting donations in the locality.

It is alleged that they had demanded huge amount of money from local shop owners also. Some had negotiated and gave them money and other gave things needed for the puja.

Club members approached Safiulla Qureshi alias Munna, who own a grocery shop located on the Belilious Road in Howrah for donation.

They reportedly demand money and a few things. According to sources, Qureshi told the club members that he was not in a position to meet their demands. Hearing this club members allegedly misbehaved with him. Later, they demanded 100 kg sugar for the puja.

But, Qureshi again stated that he can't meet the demands. This time, the club members allegedly abused him and used filthy languages. Qureshi and club members got involved in an altercation.

After a while, the club members left the place threatening Qureshi. It is alleged that on Saturday night around 40 youths attacked Qureshi with iron rods, bamboo and sticks. He was beaten up badly.

When Qureshi was bleeding profusely from his face and nose, miscreants allegedly took about Rs 15,000 from his pockets. Later, Rs 10,000 was taken out from the cash box of his shop.

Hearing Qureshi screaming for help, other local business persons rushed to his shop. Sensing resistance, miscreants fled the scene. Qureshi was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated and later discharged.

Following treatment, Qureshi lodged a complaint at the Byantra police station against the club members. No one was arrested till Sunday night.

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