BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Shamim Shiekh, a 32- year-old man, allegedly died after police lathi-charged him in Sakrail area of Howrah, West Bengal on Wednesday when he had gone out to milk for his four-year-old kid.
Shamim’s family members said the he had stepped out of the house during the nationwide lockdown to buy milk for his kid. “My son went to buy milk for his four-year-old child. This is the time of crisis and we were not getting anything despite chief minister Mamata Banerjee repeatedly giving us assurance that all essential services will be available. So, he venture out of the home he was hit by the Howrah police,” said Nusrat Bibi, the deceased’s mother.
A section of the mass has already raised questions on the police high-handedness amid lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak, especially the way the cops are thrashing the men on the roads without even inquiring why a certain person is outside home. Videos of police hitting people with sticks or chasing them away for the past two days since the lockdown has started have gone viral on social media too. While most have supported the cops and asked people to stay at home, others have raised questions regarding the high-handedness of the police and why they are not asking questions when a certain person is outside the house but directly thrashing them.
After the brutal incident, some people called Shamim’s family members and took him to Sakrail State General Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. The entire locality has come down heavily against the police high-handedness and a complaint has been lodged with the Howrah City Police. However, the cops have denied the lathi-charge.
A senior police officer said that though they have to use their sticks to disperse crowd some times, however, it is not true in the case of Shamim. He died of heart attack, he said.