Youth dies in Howrah, family alleges police thrashed him #51372

Covid-19 lockdown Man out to buy milk in West Bengal beaten up by police dies claims family

Representational image Policemen stop a motorist during a lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 in Siliguri on March 24. | Diptendu Datta AFP

The state police thrashed the man in West Bengal's Banipur Rajgung area of Howrah district after he went out to buy milk during the 21-day lockdown. According to a report by The New Indian Express, the man's wife alleged that he died because of his injuries after facing a lathi-charge by the police who were "clearing a gathering" on the street.

When a 32-year-old man stepped out of his home to buy milk during the coronavirus lockdown in Kolkata, little, did he know that he would be beaten to death by policemen? Though he was rushed to a nearby hospital immediately, the doctors pronounced him "brought dead". While Section 188 of the IPC allows police to take action against those violating curfew, it does not sanction violence against people trying to purchase essential goods.

The police, on the other hand, denied these claims and said that the man suffered from prior heart conditions and died because of a cardiac arrest. We also understand that some people are not cooperating and they needed to be understood.

The number of coronavirus cases in West Bengal increased to 10 after a 66-year-old man in Nayabad tested positive for coronavirus infection.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had already announced a complete lockdown in the state from March 23 to March 31.

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