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 mothers 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.
Mullicks 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. Mullicks 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.