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Finger at bouncers for customer death

Calcutta, Dec. 21: A 28-year-old man has died two days after being allegedly assaulted by bouncers at a bar in Nager Bazar, north Calcutta.

As the news of Madhab Das’s death spread, a group of 50-odd men, mostly the victim’s neighbours in Dum Dum, ransacked Kingston Bar and Restaurant and tried to set it on fire. Officers from Dum Dum police station resorted to a lathi-charge to disperse the mob.

The bar management denied that Das, who used to collect payments on behalf of cable-connection providers, was assaulted. They said he had fallen off the bar’s stairs after drinking too much on Thursday.

Police said Das had suffered head injuries and broken ribs and died at a private hospital at 2pm today.

The allegations have again brought bouncers under the scanner after the November shooting at 9A Short Street killed two bouncers, allegedly engaged in an eviction raid.

The police said bouncers were not allowed to hit anyone. “They are supposed to shoo a troublemaker away,” an officer said.

“Had Das committed any mischief, the bouncers should have merely driven him out of the bar.”