Kolkata: Cellphone 'thief' lynched by junior docs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 09:17 IST

In a gruesome incident, a group of junior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital allegedly tied a mobile phone thief to a pillar inside their hostel and beat him to death on Sunday. The victim is yet to be identified.

The police said the youth was beaten up with bamboo sticks on the third floor of the hostel, which is adjacent to the building where the college principal’s office is located. A razor was also retrieved from the spot.

The body has been sent to the NRS Hospital police morgue for a post-mortem examination. The Entally police have detained two employees of the college canteen, Benu Ondia and Pradip Giri, in this connection.

“He was declared brought dead to the emergency ward. Preliminary investigations pointed to assault. The police found him in the corridor of the building’s third floor. We found him with his hands tied. We’ve seized some wood and bamboo sticks and started a suo motu murder case,” Dhrubojyoti Dey, DCP, East Suburban Division, said.

“A case has been registered and the police are investigating. I’ve spoken to the principal. That’s all I have to say at this moment,” Dr Sashi Panja, women and child welfare minister and president of the governing body of the hospital, said. “A probe is on and the law will take its own course,” MoS ( Health) Chandrima Bhattacharya said.

Besides a police investigation, principal Manju Banerjee has also formed a seven-member committee to probe the incident. The panel will submit its report on Monday.

The incident happened on the third floor of the junior doctors’ hostel around 6am when the victim, an outsider, was allegedly found loitering around. He was apparently caught red-handed by a junior doctor in room No. 99 while stealing a cell phone. Other medical students rushed to the room when their colleague raised an alarm.

The junior doctors then reportedly dragged him to another room and tied him to a pillar. He became unconscious after being allegedly thrashed severely by the doctors. “I don’t know anything about it,” Ondia, the canteen employee, told journalists while he was being taken to the police station.

Contractual labourer Rabiul, the only eyewitness, confirmed that the youth was beaten to death. “Around 6am, I saw the youth, who was tied to a pillar, being thrashed by 10 to 12 students (junior doctors and medical students) with bamboo sticks,” Rabiul said.

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