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Asansol / Cooch Behar: Yet another incident of lynching has taken place in Bengal, while another man is battling for life on a hospital bed following a mob assault.

This comes even the state Assembly recently passed the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, that provides for three years in jail for mob assault, and death penalty for lynching.

The latest lynching has taken place at Bonjemari under Salanpur police station jurisdiction in the states industrial town Asansol. The victim, a 30-year-old youth, is yet to be identified.

The youth, along with two others of his age, was loitering around Bonjemari locality today 11 September morning. Some people of the area apprehended them and began questioning as to their details and the purpose for moving in the locality.

During the questioning, two youths fled from the spot. Soon after this, the people, mostly young men, started assaulting the youth. He was beaten with lathis and served with blows.

In no time, more people joined in the free-for-all act and they went on kicking the youth even after he collapsed to the ground. Someone from among the crowd (not necessarily a part of the mob), shot a video of this on a mobile phone.

Learning about the mob violence, a team from Salanpur police station rushed in and somehow rescued the youth even as the mob was hitting him in front of the police. The unconscious youth was taken to Asansol District Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

This is the fourth incident of such mob violence in Asansol area over the last week. Asansol police commissioner DP Singh has said that they have started identifying the assaulters and the culprits will be dealt with firmly.

“The mobile video footage that we have collected of toady’s incident will help in identifying the assaulters. We will soon be able to arrest the culprits,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, at Dinhata in Cooch Behar in north Bengal, a mentally retarded youth was assaulted by a mob yesterday night. This after the local people suspected him to be a thief.

The youth, injured critically, is now battling for life at Dinhata Sub-divisional Hospital.