Malda: A farm labourer was allegedly beaten to death by an agent of a fund mobilising firm and his associates at Bhimtola in Kaliachak on Wednesday night for seeking the refund of the amount he had invested.
Police said Dipak Mondal, 30, had been called out of his home yesterday evening by the agent, Manik Mondal, and thrashed severely. Dipak was admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday night and died around 11am on Thursday.
Dipak had been urging Manik, a neighbour, to pay up an amount of Rs 30,000 that the company had reportedly promised the former for depositing Rs 5,000 each for three years.
Bandana, Dipak’s wife, has lodged a complaint with Kaliachak police against Manik and four others for murdering her husband. She is left with two minor girls, aged four and eight years.
All the five accused are absconding.
In her complaint, Bandana has said Manik called Dipak out when her husband was having dinner around 9pm on Thursday night.
“As my husband did not return home even after 11pm, I went out to look for him. When I reached Manik’s house, just two houses away from ours, I heard my husband shouting in pain. I rushed in to find Manik and four others beating my husband with bamboo poles, iron rods and choppers. There was no one else at the house. When I raised an alarm, neighbours rushed out and Manik and his henchmen fled. We admitted my husband to the Malda medical college. On Thursday, doctors said my husband had died,” Bandana said.
Bhimtola is 30km from here.
Bandana alleged that Manik used to work as an agent of a private money mobilising company and her husband had deposited his hard-earned money with the agent. “My husband had deposited Rs 5,000 a year for three years. Manik had promised to return Rs 30,000 at the end of five years. The five-year period ended three months ago. Despite my husband demanding the money, Manik did not pay up. On Wednesday morning, my husband had an argument with Manik over the matter. Manik had threatened to kill him,” she said in the complaint.
According to Kulesh Mondol, the BJP member of the local Deoria-Anantapur gram panchayat, Manik had been duping many villagers from whom he had collected deposits. “The villagers don’t approach the police as they hope that Manik will return their money some day.”
Malda police superintendent Prasun Banerjee said the accused were absconding and the police were looking for them.
The Telegraph, Calcutta