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By A Newsman

Malda, 06 June: A 19-year-old youth has allegedly been murdered in Malda for lodging a police complaint against some gamblers active in his village. His dead body was found hanging from the tree in a mango orchard in his neighbourhood.

Local CPI-M leaders claimed that deceased Bikram Mondal was a CPI-M supporter and his suspected killers, that include a civic police volunteer, were from the Trinamool.

The incident took place at Roypur village under English Bazar police station area in Malda. Deceased Bikram was a van-rickshaw driver and used to stay in his parental house with elder brother and sister-in-law, and parents.

His father Moitlal Mondal said that Bikarm went out for work yesterday and did not return home. The family found him hanging with a gamcha from a tree in a mango orchard early today morning.  There were cut injury marks in his throat, hands, and feet.

His elder brother said that about two months ago, Bikram had gone to visit a rural fair at a neighbouring village. On finding that gambling was on at the fair, he had raised a protest and the gambler-gang of Giridhari Mondal, Shyamal Mondal, and Badal Mondal assaulted him over this.

Mondal lodged a complaint at English Bazar police station, but the officers allegedly refused to treat it as an FIR as one of the accused is a civic police volunteer. But a determined Bikram finally got the FIR registered by approaching the Malda court.

Since then, he was allegedly being threatened to withdraw the case and this he had brought to the notice of English Bazar police station.

His family has now lodged an FIR accusing the gambling-gang trio of having killed Bikram and hanged him from the tree to make it appear a suicide. The three accused have gone hiding from the village as soon as Bikram’s dead body was discovered today morning.