Bolpur, Sept. 9: A youth in Bolpur died this afternoon after consuming illicit liquor at a hooch den allegedly run by the family of the main accused in the murder of a Calcutta lady in Santiniketan in January.
Over 150 residents set the shop on fire after the death of Suraj Das, 21, who lived at Suripara in Bolpur.
Villagers said the den belonged to Mangal Sahani, who is undergoing trial for the murder a 78-year-old woman at her two-storeyed house in Santiniketan this January. Renu Sarkar, a retired teacher and a resident of Bhowanipore, had gone there for a short visit.
Sahani, who has cases of theft against him, has during interrogation “confessed” that he had gone to steal at Sarkar’s house.
According to the residents, Das fell ill after consuming liquor and ganja at the den in a hutment. “He drank the liquor around noon and started vomiting soon after. We took him to Bolpur subdivisional hospital, where he died after an hour,” said a family member of Das.
The residents alleged the Sahani family had been selling illicit liquor and ganja from the shop for the past few months.
Police said they are yet to arrest anybody. “The shop belonged to Mangal Sahani and the villagers have set it on fire. No one has been arrested yet,” said Rishikesh Meena, the superintendent of police in Birbhum.
The hutment also had two other rooms where members of the Sahani family lived. These were also set on fire.