BJP and Congress leaders on Thursday visited the residence of ITI student Kaushik Purkait, who was beaten to death by a mob three days ago, allegedly on the suspicion of being a cattle smuggler.
Police have so far arrested four people, including a woman, in the case. However, the main accused, local panchayat Up-Pradhan of Trinamool Congress Tapas Mallick, is still at large. Alleging police inaction, a mob on Wednesday had attacked Mallick’s residence and ransacked the homes of three others. None of them were at home during the attack. This was after Purkait’s body was brought to his village, Haridanga in South-24 Parganas.
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On Thursday, actor-turned-BJP leader Roopa Ganguly visited Kaushik’s residence in Mandir Bazar. “Tapas Mallick and his friends should be hanged… I saw my son die right in front of my eyes,” Kaushik’s mother, Chandra Purkait, said.
“Kaushik’s murder proves there is no law and order in the state. I don’t want to politicise this tragic incident but the truth is that because of the laidback attitude of the police, Mallick is yet to be arrested. Kaushik’s family has no faith in the state police and wants a CBI investigation into his death,” said Ganguly. A Congress delegation led by Krishna Debnath also met the family.
Kaushik’s father Kartik Purkait claimed the police were not arresting Mallick as he was an influential man. “It was under Mallick’s instructions that my son was beaten up. I think they are not arresting him because he is an influential leader in this area. It would be good if CBI takes over the probe,” he said, adding that no Trinamool leader has come to meet the family after his son’s death.
The village Thursday wore a deserted look as residents chose to stay inside their houses.
On May 9, Kaushik had come to the residence of his aunt, Sandhya Halder, at Bahadurpur in Diamond Harbour. Out on a stroll in the evening, he was mistaken for a cattle lifter and beaten severely. He later was announced brought dead on arrival at the hospital. Police have been posted outside Halder’s residence.