Youth died in ration agitation violence

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Coochbehar, Oct 28 (UNI) A 22-year-old youth allegedly succumbed to his head injuries few hours after police used batons to disperse a violent mob, who ransacked a ration dealer shop and his house at Toofangunge in this district yesterday.

Police, however, denied the allegation made by the deceased's uncle today.

Police used lathis when scores of people, who were agitating to protest inadequate rice and essentials from Jasurudding Mian's shop at Banshraja village, about 20 km east of Coochbehar town, attempted to set on fire the shop and house of the dealer.

The police lathi charge left some seven people injured. About 41 agitators had been arrested, police said.

Bikash Patoari today alleged that his nephew, Subash Patoari, who was returning home to Salbari on bycyle, was beaten by the policemen.

Bikash, who was taken to Coochbehar hospital, succumbed to his injuries few hours later last night.

District Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar denied saying no one has died in the lathicharge.

Hopsital authorities have registered an unnatural death due to multiple head injuries and sent the body for post mortem. The body was yet to be handed over to the relatives for last rites.

Meanwhile, agitations against poor and inadequate essential commodities at the ration shops were spreading like wildfire in villages and towns from Toofangunge to Banskali, Mahikuchi, Sikdarer mata, Begarer mata and other places, reports reaching here said.


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