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Migrant worker from Malda killed in Gujarat

On Friday, he had an altercation with a man who hit his head with an iron rod
He worked in a company that installs cellphone towers.

Soumya De Sarkar   |   Malda   |   Published 06.09.21, 02:03 AM

A 52-year-old migrant worker from Malda district was bludgeoned to death at Jamnagar, Gujarat, on Friday.

Fudan Mondal’s body reached his village, Kankania, in Harishchandrapur 2 block on Sunday.

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He worked in a company that installs cellphone towers.

“He had been outside Bengal for almost 20 years. After the lockdown last year, he was back home, but went to Jamnagar four months ago. We want the police in Gujarat to find out the killer,” said Bholanath Mondal, his brother-in-law. Mondal’s wife Asha said she had no idea why her husband was murdered.

Residents said Mondal did not own farmland. His sons Jyotish and Dipendra work in Uttar Pradesh. On Sunday, as their father’s body reached the village, they also came home.

Sources said on Friday, Mondal who was working at a site was approached by a man. They had an altercation and the man hit his head with an iron rod. Mondal’s co-workers rushed him to a hospital where he died.

“We don’t know why he was murdered. I live in the village with our two daughters. I have no idea how I will run the family now,” said Asha.

Tazmul Hossain, the Trinamul MLA of Harishchandrapur, said he would see if the family can be compensated.

“The incident has again proved that migrant workers are not safe in Gujarat where the BJP is in power. I will speak with administrative officials to see what can be done for the family,” the MLA said.



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