A 50-year-old man was beaten to death by some local goons for protesting against illegal activities like selling of hooch and running gambling dens at Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas at the late night on Thursday.
Police said local people found the body of the victim Ibrahim Mondal in a playground situated close to the house where he used to work as a security guard. Like all other days, the victim had joined his work early in the morning on Thursday. He usually used to go to have his lunch in his home in the afternoon. But for certain reasons he didn’t go to have his lunch on Thursday and continued to performing his duty till night.
His family members got worried when he didn’t return home till late light and they tried to contact him over his cell phone. His cell phone kept ringing but no one had taken the call. It led to the panic and they contacted the owner of the house where the victim used to work as a security guard. But the owner too had failed to give any clue about the victim.
Mondal’s family members sought help of the local people to find him out. His neighbours went out and initiated a search for Mondal. But they couldn’t find him anywhere. No one had searched the playground as Mondal had no reason to go to that place. On Friday morning some local people saw his body with several injury marks and contacted his family members. The incident led to tension in the area as hundreds of local residents started staging a demonstration around the body restricting the police to send it for an autopsy.
Senior police officers including the sub-divisional police officer rushed to the spot. The local people allowed the police to take the body only after the SDPO assured that the culprits will get arrested soon.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had got into an altercation with some local goons involved in various anti-social activities including selling of hooch and running gambling dens, who beat him to death. A police officer said that the injury marks suggested that his face was smashed with something heavy when he fell on ground after being beaten up with wooden logs and bamboo sticks.