Sunday, March 1, 2015
Bicycle thief suspect nearly lynched, admitted to MMCH
Malda, 27 February, 2015: Ramakrishnapally area in English Bazaar police station witnessed fury of public that left a youth Moti Mia (26) severely injured as the mob suspected that the youth had stolen a bicycle from the locality on Friday morning around 9.30 am.
Police had to rush to the spot to rescue the unconscious youth who was still being beaten black and blue. After he was admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH), the condition of the youth was stated to be critical.
It has been learnt from local and police sources that one Ratan Sarkar, a businessman living at Ramakrishnapally area suddenly found his bicycle missing which he had parked in front of his house and went inside to get his mobile phone.
After searching the bicycle at the locality, the businessman claimed to have found the youth with the bicycle. Mr Sarkar immediately grabbed him by his shirt and started thrashing him. Immediately the other locals gathered there and even before the suspected youth could defend himself, hundreds of people started beating him bamboo, iron rod and whatever was available at their finger tips.
He was tied with a rope and dragged to a nearby ground adjacent to NH-34. Even though the youth started bleeding profusely, the enraged mob showed no sign of mercy. Rather the torture was intensified further. The youth was slapped and beaten with slippers too.
After about half an hour police were informed and the youth was admitted to MMCH by police after being rescued.
Inspector in charge of English Bazaar police station Dilip Karmakar said, “The youth was beaten as a large mob suspected him to be a bicycle thief. The youth was identified as Moti Mia and under treatment in MMCH. A probe was initiated into the incident.”