A 19-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by two men who suspected him of stealing mangoes from an orchard in Kolkata, police said Wednesday.
The deceased, identified as Aniruddha Biswas, was a resident of Haridebpur area in south Kolkata. According to the police, Biswas was due to begin studies as a first year student of computer science at Asutosh College.
“Biswas had entered the field with a friend last Friday when some men came there and accused the two of stealing mangoes. They alleged that they had flung a stone and broken a glass window,” said a senior police officer. The two men, identified as Binod and Balmiki, began thrashing the boys. On hearing their cries of help, some locals intervened and stopped the brutal onslaught, police said.
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While his friend Supratim sustained some minor injuries, Aniruddha was taken to a nearby government hospital by his family with extremely severe wounds which had got infected, they added.
“The boy was in critical condition and died around 2 am Tuesday because of internal hemorrhage,” a police officer said. While locals alleged there was no case of stealing mangoes, they told the police that the two men who beat the boys were drunk. Based on an FIR lodged by the boy’s parents at the Haridebpur police station, the duo was later arrested.
“I have lost my son and nothing can return him,” said the victim’s father, Biswasjit Biswas.