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Howrah janitor falls victim to mob justice

Crude man lynched after being held guilty of murder by a kangaroo court

india Updated: Jun 11, 2013 14:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A person was lynched after being held guilty of murder by a kangaroo court at Bidhichandrapur in the Udaynarayanpur police station area of Howrah on Monday.

The victim has been identified as Mastan and was a janitor at the local police station. While Mastan was beaten to death, his brother in-law Swapan Addhya was also subjected to savage blows after being pronounced guilty by the kangaroo court.

According to local sources, the case in question dates back to May 11 when Akshay Sadhukhan (30), a local, was found dead at his residence in Bidhichandrapur.

Sleuths probing the case said Sadhukhan hung himself from the ceiling. He lived by himself and would often look in at her elder sister’s residence at the same village for having food, said sources. His elder brother Sailen is based in Rajasthan.

Getting word of his brother’s death, Sailen came down to the village and started quizzing locals on the events leading up the incident.He even solicited the help of Achintya Chakraborty, a fortune teller and a member of the local kangaroo court. Chakraborty reportedly read Sailen’s palm and told him that the janitor and his brother inlaw murdered his sibling.

The case soon moved to the local kangaroo court, which upon arbitration ruled the duo guilty of murder. “Astibala Polley, a female member of the kangaroo court, was present when the case was being heard. The court held them guilty,” an officer of the Udaynarayanpur police station said.

Polley gathered a few locals in the small hours on Monday and went looking for Mastan and his brother in-law. They went on to damage Mastan’s residence before mounting a vicious assault on the janitor and his brother in-law.

“The locals led by Polley and Sailen started raining blows on the duo. While Mastan died on the spot, his brother in-law sustained critical injuries. A police team rushed in at the scene and got him admitted at the Howrah district state general hospital,” a local police officer said.

Sources in the local police said this isn’t the first such incident, as there are several previous instances of the kangaroo court handing down similar judgments.

“Eight people have already been identified as accused in the lynching and there could be more,” the officer said. However, district SP Bharat Lal Meena denied the existence of the kangaroo court, saying, “We have arrested two people in connection with the incident.”

First Published: Jun 11, 2013 14:21 IST