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Lynched man identified, one held, hunt on to nab others

Kolkata: The man, who was allegedly beaten to death on Wednesday at Muraripukur in Manikatala, has been identified as Ratan Karmakar of Adi Saptagram in Hooghly and one person was arrested on Thursday in this connection.

According to sources, Karmakar frequently visited Hari Saha haat near Gouribari to buy clothes for his business of garments.

It was alleged that he has been arrested for theft earlier. However, it is not clear whether he stole anything from the market on Wednesday.

Karmakar lived near the club where he was found dead as it helped to run his business. His wife died a few weeks ago at Adi Saptagram.

His two daughters are married and the younger one lives at his house in Hooghly. Though local residents of Muraripikur know him as "chor Ratan" but his neighbours in Adi Saptagram said Karmakar was a good human being.

He was allegedly dragged inside a local club and was beaten up badly till he

died. Cricket bats, wickets and bamboo sticks were used to attack him. When he fell unconscious, the attackers left the club.

According to local residents, the room that was being used as a club was actually an abandoned pump house room of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

As it was an abandoned place local youths had started using it as a club.

It is alleged after it gets dark, people drink and indulge in anti-social activities here. Cops from Maniktala police station detained three youths on Wednesday night.

Out of them, one identified as Tapas Saha, has been arrested.

A few more accused are absconding and the police are trying to nab them.

Searches are on in possible hideouts. Also, on Thursday, a team from state Forensic Science Laboratory collected samples from the spot.

Bamboo sticks, cricket bat and wickets were seized and sent for examination.

On Thursday, after autopsy, doctors said several injuries were found on Karmakar's head and legs. He could have died due to internal hemorrhage.

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