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Man beaten to death for tease protest

A man in his mid-50s who underwent a bypass surgery three months ago was beaten to death by two youths at Kadambagachhi in Barasat after he tried to stop them from passing lewd remarks at a homemaker.

Bikash Mullick, a homoeopath doctor, was resting in his house around 3pm when he heard commotion outside. “Two youths, probably drunk, were passing lewd remarks at a homemaker who had been stitching clothes sitting on the veranda of her house. The duo even went close to a window of the house and started knocking on it,” said Jyotsna Mandal, a neighbour.

The homemaker, who has a 17-year-old daughter, came out and asked the youths to behave properly. “When the two did not pay any heed to the mother’s plea, she raised an alarm and Mullick, a neighbour, came out and asked the duo to leave immediately,” said Jyotsna.

According to police, Mullick was dragged to a tree and forced to lean against it as the duo thrashed him. He was later declared dead at a nearby healthcare unit.

“Mullick’s two daughters are teachers in a local school and were not home at the time of the incident. His son, a private firm employee, was in office. Mullick’s 85-year-old mother was sleeping inside,” said a neighbour.

“We arrested one of the attackers, Seikh Jalaluddin, from a hideout in the area. A hunt is on for the other accused,” said Bhaskar Banerjee, the additional police superintendent of North 24-Parganas.

In February 2011, Madhyamik examinee Rajib Das was stabbed to death near Barasat railway station when he tried to save his sister from a group of drunk men who were trying to molest her.