Drunken brawl in orchard kills youth
A person died and three others were seriously injured when a drunken brawl broke out among the quartet on Saturday evening in a mango orchard in Englishbazar, Malda.
Sources said Samirul Sheikh, 25, died in the incident at Mahadipur. Alam Sheikh, Hasibul Sheikh and Bablu Sheikh, also in their mid-20s, were injured and are under treatment at the Malda Medical College and Hospital.
Police have initiated a probe.
In Malda, mango orchards usually remain deserted in the evenings during off-season. These four youths, all residents of Lichupara under Mahadipur panchayat, had chosen such a deserted orchard to drink liquor.
“We heard noises and rushed to the orchard. The youths were stabbing each other with sharp weapons in a drunken state. All got injured. We intervened and rushed them to the MMCH while they were bleeding profusely. At the MMCH, doctors pronounced Samirul dead,” said a villager.
“A case has been registered and an enquiry started to know the cause of the scuffle. The police outpost has been asked to keep a vigil in the area,” said a police officer.