Two days ahead of Bakr-Eid, a 17-year-old boy was hacked to death allegedly by family members of a girl he was in a relationship with, in the presence of a kangaroo court at Khairbani village under Raipur Police Station in Bankura district.
Sheikh Momin Ali, a student of Class XI from Mahulasol High School was romantically involved with a girl from Class X. A kangaroo court was set up Wednesday to mitigate the dispute between their families, who were opposed to their relationship. The girl’s brother had earlier warned the boy’s family.
“We were afraid of a dire consequence but the elders had assured us saying that the matter would be resolved in a non-violent friendly manner. Only then had we allowed Momin to go there,” said Sheikh Hurmat Ali, Momin’s father.
He also said Momin was attacked with sharp weapons and hacked to death as soon as he arrived there by the girl’s parents, brothers and uncle. He was rushed to Raipur primary health centre where he was declared dead on arrival.
Hurmat has filed an FIR at Raipur police station. Police said while all the male members of the family were absconding, the girl’s mother had been arrested. Momin’s body was sent for post-mortem at Bankura Medical College.
However, SP of Bankura, Neel Kanth Sudhir Kumar, negated the theory of kangaroo court in the village. “The boy had been called outside the girl’s house and was attacked by her family. All the accused are girl’s family members. Her mother was arrested. No kangaroo court was held,” he added.