West Bengal man succumbs week after mob attack, third such death in three days

His family, however, alleged that he was assaulted by a group of men who alleged that Sau had tried to steal parts of an earth mover that was parked on the roadside.
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KOLKATA: A 23-year-old man died at a hospital in West Bengal's Jhargram district on Sunday, a week after he was beaten up by some people. This is the third death in a mob attack in the state followed by two other similar incidents took place in Kolkata and Salt Lake on June 28 and 29 respectively.

The deceased has been identified as Sourabh Sau. According to the police, he was found lying on a road in the Jamboni area near Jhargram town by locals on June 22. He was admitted to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Based on a complaint lodged by Sau's family on June 27, the police have registered a case against unnamed persons.

His family, however, alleged that he was assaulted by a group of men engaged by a contractor who alleged that Sau had tried to steal parts of an earth mover that was parked on the roadside. They claimed that Sau was out on his two-wheeler for some work, and while returning, he was resting under a tree. The earth mover machine was parked nearby.

Two mob attack deaths in two consecutive days

On Saturday, a man identified as Prasen Mondal died after being thrashed by a mob in Salt Lake, while on Friday, Irshad Alam, a TV mechanic, was beaten to death at a state-run students' hostel in Kolkata's Bowbazar area.

Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said "mass hysteria can only be countered by mass counselling".

Union minister Sukanta Majumdar, who is also the state BJP president, slammed the TMC government, alleging that it was failing to control such crimes.

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