Kaushik Purkait was a student of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in South Calcutta. With a promising career ahead, Purkait could have been able to achieve the dreams of his hawker father. But his life was cut short by a mob on Monday night in Diamond Harbour. According to reports, the 22-year-old Kaushik was taking a stroll outside the home of his aunt when some men surrounded him and accused him of stealing a buffalo.
Kaushik (inset) was beaten to death by a mob allegedly led by a Trinamool Congress leader. NDTV/The Telegraph
He protested but the mob won’t listen. And keeping the flow of goondaism that has become the alternate identity of West Bengal intact, the mob dragged the poor boy to a club. All the while they kept beating him with rods and bamboo clubs.
By the time Kaushik’s mother and aunt realized what was going on, he had been brutally assaulted.
Though they desperately tried to reason with the crazy mob that the boy was innocent, the assaulters kept on beating him.
They demanded Rs.1.5 lakh against the buffalo. They released Kaushik only after his family members were able to pay Rs.60,000.
The incident happened at Haridanga area of Diamond Harbour.
A bleeding Kaushik was taken to a local hospital but was shifted to the SSKM because of the seriousness of his injuries. The doctors at the local hospital told The Telegraph that boy had suffered neck and head injuries. At SSKM, on Tuesday, Kaushik breathed his last.
His mother alleges that the mob was led by Tapas Mullick, a Trinamool Congress leader from Harindanga gram panchayat.
An FIR has been lodged and ten persons named in it for murder. The police have detained four and arrested one in connection with the case. While local CPM leaders accuse the Trinamool for the “dastardly act”, the district V-P of Trinamool Congress Shakti Mondal said that those involved will be punished. Whether or not the guilty are ever brought to book, the parents of Kaushik have lost their only son. Mullick’s whereabouts were not known.