Even as horrific targeted violence occurs across Bengal following the poll results, everyday violence also continues unabated.
Two young men have thrashed a 56-year-old animal lover to death in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, Times Now reports. The victim, identified as Chandra Acharya, was a cab driver by profession, and used to feed stray dogs. He objected to two youngsters, Md Mustakim and Md Arif, from pelting stones at the dogs.
The duo at this point punched Chandra Acharya in the chest, following which he lost consciousness. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where medics pronounced him brought dead.
A police officer said a case of murder has been registered and both accused — Md Mustakim and Md Arif — have been arrested. On Friday, they were produced in a court in Barrackpore, the officer added.
Speaking to the Times of India, Tapas Adhikary, a local resident, said: “He (Acharya) used to feed street dogs staying near Bhatpara Stat General Hospital and look after them regularly. He also had some pet cats in his house. On Thursday evening, he was feeding biscuits to the dogs while he came under the brutal attack.”
A wave of violence has swept Bengal since the poll results were declared on 2nd May. Fourteen BJP workers have been murdered over the last week, and homes and offices of BJP MLAs and workers have been vandalized. As many as 80,000 people have reportedly left their homes to flee the violence, and over 2,000 people Bengali people have moved to a refugee camp in Dhubri, Assam.