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Muslim Man Lynched In West Bengal, Two Others Badly Beaten

One man was beaten to death after being mercilessly beaten up by a mob in West Bengal’s Murshidabad on Wednesday, less than a week after the state Assembly cleared a bill to prevent lynching.

Police said 32-year-old Kabir Sheikh was trashed to death by locals at Lalbagh area of Baharampur town in Murshidabad, accusing him “intruding” into the premises of a polyclinic and attacking them “with chairs”.

Sheikh’s body was later recovered from the balcony of the shop with his hands and legs tied with rope. He was declared brought dead at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital.

In another incident that occurred in the state’s Alipurduar district, seven persons were arrested for allegedly trying to lynch two persons on Tuesday night in Beniapara village under Rajgunj police station.

Villagers said that the men were moving in the area suspiciously. As policemen entered the village and tried to rescue the victims, angry locals confronted the police and tried to snatch the duo. They also vandalised a police jeep.

Fresh police reinforcements were sent following which the cops managed to rescue the two victims.

On August 30, West Bengal became the second state after Rajasthan to pass the anti-lynching bill. The bill aims to protect the constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and prevent incidents of lynching. The Bill also proposes a jail term, which may vary from three years to life for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim.

The bill is yet to become a law.

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Shaik Zakeer Hussain is the Founder and Editor of The Cognate.

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