Youth dies after police baton charge during lockdown in West Bengal

Family claim he had gone out to buy milk

Youth dies after police baton charge during lockdown in West Bengal

People look on as they stand in circles drawn to maintain safe distance while waiting to buy medicine during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in Kolkata. Reuters

Kolkata, March 26

A youth allegedly died after police baton-charged him for violating the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID 19, with his family claiming that he had gone out to buy milk when the cops beat him up in West Bengal’s Howrah district.

However, the Deputy Commissioner (south) of Howrah City Police Raju Mukherjee denied any baton charge by the police and said the deceased was ailing and passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Lal Swami, 32, was declared brought dead at a local hospital on Wednesday.

His wife claimed he had gone out in the evening to buy milk when the police started a baton charge to remove a gathering. Lal got injured, which later proved fatal, she added. IANS

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