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Surat: Man beaten, told to leave on suspicion of being Covid positive

The 24-year-old man, who has been out of work since the lockdown began, has been hospitalised and his condition is stable. Police have registered a case.

By: Express News Service | Surat |
Updated: June 14, 2020 4:25:47 am
covid-19, covid-19 surat, surat covid patient beaten The man was beaten by three youths who asked him to vacate the house. (Representational)

A 24-year-old man from Assam working in a catering firm in Surat was beaten up on Friday allegedly by three local youths who asked him to vacate a house suspecting that he was infected with Covid-19. The 24-year-old man, who has been out of work since the lockdown began, has been hospitalised and his condition is stable. Police have registered a case and started investigation into the matter.

According to police, Sanjay Sharma (24), from Guwahati in Assam, had come to Surat a few years ago, and was working in a catering firm. Since he did not have work for the last three months, Sharma was unable to pay the rent for his residence in Pandesara area. Four days ago, he shifted to a rented room in Udhna area at Patelnagar where his friends were staying.

A day after moving to the new place, the locals residents asked Sharma’s friends to not allow him to stay in their place suspecting that he may be infected with Covid-19. On Friday night, three local youths told Sharma to vacate the room. The argument turned heated, following which the three persons took wooden sticks from their house and started beating him. Sharma’s friends tried to save him. The three youths left the spot threatening him to leave the house, police said.

Udhna police inspector M V Patel said, “He was beaten up by local residents, who also made allegations that Govalaknagar in Pandesara where Sharma was staying had Covid-19 cases. We are trying to identify the accused and will arrest them.”

Sharma was rushed to private hospital by his friends and later to SMIMER hospital for treatment.“The injured youth had fractures on his hands and legs and his condition is reported to be stable,” the inspector added.

Sharma’s friends have lodged a complaint against the three, Dipu, Nepali and Bunty, and the police are yet to identify them.

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