Cattle strays into another field: Young man pays with life, elderly woman nearly gets killed in Bengal
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Cattle strays into another field: Young man pays with life, elderly woman nearly gets killed in Bengal

Uncle hired hitmen to murder nephew, neighbours critically injured elderly woman.

kolkata Updated: Oct 07, 2017 17:14 IST
Sreyasi Pal
Sreyasi Pal
Hindustan Times
West Bengal,Malda,Cow
File picture. Cattle straying to graze in fields of neighbours is a common sight in the countryside, but rarely does it lead to hiring hitmen.(HT Photo)

A young man was killed and an elderly woman sustained multiple injuries in separate incidents in Malda district of West Bengal, both incidents being triggered by cattle straying into fields of neighbours and relatives to graze.

Chandan Chowdhury, 28, a resident of Binpara, was killed by hitmen on Friday allegedly hired by his uncle Mukulesh for humiliating him after his cow entered his nephew’s field and munched on crops. It was decided by the village headman that the uncle would pay Rs 1,000 as compensation to his nephew. But instead of paying compensation, Mukulesh hired contract killers from Bihar.

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Some persons tried to kill an elderly woman on Saturday after her goat strayed into a neighbour’s field and munched on crops. The injured woman Malancha Mondal, 58, a resident of Krishnagar village has been admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital with multiple injuries and a fractured right hand.

A police complaint has been lodged against neighbour Samir Mondal and a few members of his family for attacking the woman, but all of them are on the run.

“Sushil and his family members tried to kill my mother. If villagers didn’t rush to her aid, she could have easily been killed,” alleged her son Phulkumar.

Chowdhury was, however, less lucky. He was attacked by three persons with sickles when he was working in the fields.

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Earlier in the week, a cow belonging to his uncle Mukulesh Chowdhury entered his field and ate up some paddy, triggering a quarrel between the uncle and his nephew.

The village headmen intervened and it was decided that Mukulesh will pay compensation. But he spent several times the amount and hired hitmen from the neighbouring state.

“Those who attacked Chandan Chowdhury managed to flee, but villagers handed over Mukulesh Chowdhury to us,” said an officer of Englishbazar police station.

Ratan Chowdhury, a relative of the deceased alleged, “Mukulesh didn’t pay a single penny as compensation. On Friday, he brought assailants from Bihar and killed his own nephew.”

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Malancha Mondal stays with her son at Krishnagar village. Her son Phulkumar earns his living as a farmer. He also tends a few goats. When Phulkumar goes away for work, his mother tends the goats.

On Saturday morning when she was busy in household chores, a goat strayed into the field of their neighbour Sushil Mondal and started munching vegetables growing there.

When Sushil Mondal noticed the animal, they tethered the animal in their field. After about an hour when the goat didn’t returned home Malancha Mondal started looking for the animal. When she asked her neighbour to let it go, a quarrel broke out between them.

Locals alleged Sushil and a few others attacked the elderly woman with bamboos and sticks.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 17:14 IST