A youth was beaten up at Dankuni in Hooghly for protesting against the dumping of building materials on the road which often causes traffic congestion and even leads to road accidents. This comes at the time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee initiated the “Safe Drive Save Life” campaign. However, Hooghly police have arrested a person who was involved in the incident. The other accused are at large and police have started a raid to nab them.
Police said that on Friday night, some miscreants pounced on Sheikh Jakaria with iron rod and sickle and beat him black and blue. He was severely injured and was taken to Serampore Walsh Hospital.
Police have arrested Nur Islam, an accused who had hit the victim with an iron rod. Nur could not evade the mob frenzy and was beaten up by the public after being caught by the locals.
“We have initiated a case. The accused were local toughs and run a construction business. Jakaria had gone to them requesting speedy removal of the waste materials which led to an altercation between them. Later, a few people came from behind and hit him with an iron rod and sickle to overpower the victim,” a police officer said.
However, most of the top brass of the Hooghly police have acknowledged that blocking the road by waste materials often lead to road accidents. Hence, Jakaria’s reason was accurate.
“We have issued a notice to the local association of construction trades to remove the waste materials and bricks and sand immediately. The accused will be caught soon,” an officer added.
However, the family of the Jakaria came to the police station to convey their concern over the prime accused in the case were still at large as they may attack Jakaria’s family in future. “We have assured them of speedy investigation,” the police officer added.
In a separate incident, two extortionists were arrested on the charge of threatening construction traders at Rajarhat have been arrested from a hotel of Gariahat on Saturday. The sleuths from Bidhannagar Commissionerate chased them after acting on a tip off. Police said, Raju Paul and Chotka, both of them are residents of Rajarhat’s Tetulia were arrested and will be taken to the court on Sunday.