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Three held for youth murder in Santipur

Sanjit Pramanik

Santipur: Police detained three persons on Tuesday in connection with the lynching of a 27-year-old who was among motorbike-borne Trinamul supporters on an alleged mission to capture a polling booth in Santipur on Monday.

Tribal people surrounded Sanjit Pramanik, a job seeker, and others in the group and shot arrows and beat them up. Although Sanjit tried to flee, he was captured by the villagers and lynched.

The violence occurred near a polling booth at Babla Sardarpara Primary School in Santipur.

The police refused to disclose the identity as well as the political affiliation of those detained. The law enforcers have launched an investigation, but are yet to start a suo motu murder case.

A senior police officer said: "We will definitely start a murder case and have already started collecting evidence. But we have not started a suo motu case as the parents of the deceased youth told us that they would lodge a complaint after they overcame their initial shock."

"We have started interrogating the three persons we detained today (Tuesday)," the officer added.

Sanjit's uncle Goutam Pramanik said: "We will lodge a complaint so that the guilty are punished."

Sanjit, the only son of a weaver and a resident of Babla Sardarpara, had been working as an office assistant to the Trinamul MLA from Santipur, Arindam Bhattacharya, for two years.

Sanjit's mother Leela blamed the MLA for her son's death. "I will ask the MLA why he sent my son to the polling booth and got him killed," she said.

The deceased man's neighbours and a section of local Trinamul activists were apparently annoyed with the way the MLA had used a large section of youths for alleged electoral malpractice.

Bhattacharya said: "I don't mind the family's allegations. Sanjit was like my younger brother. This is a quite natural emotional outburst of parents who have lost their son. I just want to assure you that as an MLA, I will be there with the family and ensure that the criminals of the BJP and the CPM who killed Sanjit are punished."

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