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Man beaten to death for protesting against bursting illegal crackers

The Commission has directed the DIG of Presidency Range to get a probe conducted in the the incident.

West Bengal Human Rights Commission Monday took a suo motu cognizance of three incidents during Diwali and Kali Puja,including one in which one person was beaten to death for protesting against bursting illegal fire crackers,and directed the police to probe into them.

While Pintu Biswas,42,was killed at Ashokenagar in the North-24 Parganas district after he protested against busting of illegal crackers in front of a Kali Puja pandal Sunday,in another incident,a physically challenged person,Ratan Mudi of Charu Market area,was assaulted for the same reason and his wheel chair was broken. In another incident,those bursting crackers at a city’s high-rise threw it on a group of people including a child.

“The commission is shocked that the people who raised their voices against bursting of illegal crackers were assaulted. The Commission has today taken a suo motu cognizance and directed the police to submit reports in two weeks. The Commission has directed the DIG of Presidency Range to get a probe conducted in the the incident of Ashoknagar by a senior officer and submit the report to the commission. The commissioner of Kolkata Police has also been directed to conduct an inquiry by a senior official into two incidents that took place in south Kolkata and submit a report,” said a senior official of the WBHRC.

Meanwhile,in Ashoknagar case,police already arrested two persons while four others are absconding. Interestingly,police officials claimed that Biswas was beaten due to an old rivalry .

On the other hand,Kolkata Police picked up two teenagers,accused of assaulting Ratan Mudi,a physically challenged person.