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Trinamool Congress leader accused in mob killing of student arrested

Koushik Purakait, a 24-year-old ITI student, was beaten to death in South 24 Parganas district.

india Updated: May 13, 2016 15:02 IST
Trinamool Congress,Tapas Mallik,Koushik Purakait

Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Mallik, who is an accused in the lynching of a 24-year-old ITI student in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, has been arrested, police said on Friday.

Mallik, a panchayat member representing the Trinamool, had been absconding since Monday when Koushik Purakait, an ITI student was lynched by a mob in Harindanga village near Diamond Harbour, accusing him of being a cattle thief.

“Mallik was arrested late Thursday night near Duttapukur (in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district),” said a police officer.

Purakait’s family has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident alleging the police to be “biased”

Meanwhile, the Diamond Harbour Bar Association said no advocate will represent Mallik who will be presented before a court on Friday.

“As a mark of protest against this barbaric incident, the bar association has unanimously resolved that none of its members will defend Mallik. I am a Trinamool member and our MP Abhishek Banerjee has instructed that any party member indulging in any wrong doing should be dealt harshly,” said Sudip Chakraborty of the association.

While the family has named 10 people in its complaint including Mallik alleged to have led the lynching, the police have arrested five people in this connection.

Purakait had come to visit a relative’s place and was roaming around when a mob confronted him with stealing a buffalo and thrashed him.

Purakait was taken to the city’s SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Purakait’s murder led to widespread condemnation with opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress for the lynching.

First Published: May 13, 2016 13:21 IST