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Madhyamgram assault: Jyotipriya visits house of victim

Kolkata: State Food Supply minister Jyotipriya Mullick visited the house of Soumen Debnath (45), who was beaten to death by a civic volunteer near Madhyamgram Choumatha a few days ago and assured the family members that the victim's daughter would be given a government job.
Mullick also handed over a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of Debnath. The minister also said that following the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he had visited the house of the victim at the Srinagar area of Madhyamgram, to hand over the compensation and to offer the job.
The job would be given to the victim's daughter as soon as possible, Mullick assured. Local MLA Rathin Ghosh, who is also the chairman of the Madhyamgram Municipality, accompanied the minister to the victim's house.
Debnath had died after being allegedly beaten up by one of the two civic police volunteers who had stopped him for riding a two-wheeler without a helmet some days ago. Debnath, a businessman with ailing parents, wife and two daughters, was stopped by the volunteers near Madhyamgram Choumatha as he was not wearing a helmet.
Witnesses said the civic volunteers demanded money from Debnath, before the assault. Some residents of the area, who saw Debnath slump to the ground, took him to Madhyamgram Grameen Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The volunteers had first told Debnath that he would be prosecuted. The victim was trying to explain something to them when the duo demanded money from him and this had apparently led to an altercation, during which Debnath was assaulted by the volunteer.
The accused volunteer Soumen Roy was later arrested on the charges of murder. A case of murder has been registered with Madhyamgram police station against the accused civic volunteer.

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