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Youth held by cops dies

Malda, July 24: A woman has filed a complaint against Englishbazar police for beating to death her 27-year-old son whom they had taken away yesterday from their home in the Puratuli Jubilee Road area of the town.

There was a police complaint against the youth, Piki Das, for stealing cash and ornaments from a lady sub-inspector of the Englishbazar police station.

Sandhya Das, Piki’s mother, today filed the complaint with Englishbazar police saying yesterday, around 4pm, policemen in plainclothes came to their house and took her son away.

They told her that Piki, who generally helps victims file complaints at the Englishbazar police station, was being taken there.

She said last evening she went to the police station but the on-duty policemen behaved rudely and turned her away. “This morning, I went to the court to make arrangements for my son’s bail. I came to know then from some neighbours that my son was dead and that his body was lying in a hospital morgue,” the mother said.

She said Piki generally spent most of his time at the police station helping people write complaints and applications for the past five years.

On July 1, there was a theft in the house of sub-inspector Shipra Roy and she filed a complaint against my son, Sandhya said.

He became scared and went to stay with a relative. He returned home yesterday, the mother said about Piki.

“The police have tortured my only child to death,” Sandhya, who is a widow, said.

She said Piki had written to the police superintendent alleging he was being falsely implicated in the theft and he was scared if the police at Englishbazar would catch him.

“The police has taken away the original copy of the letter but I have copies. I want the policemen behind the death of my son to be punished,” she said.

Malda police superintendent Jayanta Pal said there was a complaint of theft against the youth. “The police had gone to his house to bring him for questioning yesterday. After he had been picked up he informed the policemen that he had consumed poison. The Englishbazar police immediately admitted him to the district hospital where he later died.”

But Congress councillor Kakoli Chowdhury asked: “Where did Piki get poison at the police station? Why did the police not inform the mother after admitting Piki to the hospital?”