An angry mob in Malda district attacked a police outpost and set it ablaze on Sunday night after a man allegedly died in police custody. Four police constables were also injured in the attack on the Milki police outpost.
According to reports, Ainul Khan and seven others were picked up from a gambling den on Sunday by police. He was taken to a primary health centre after he felt unwell at the police outpost. The local doctors suspected that he has suffered a heart attack, and referred him to Malda Medical College and Hospital. But the locals insisted that he has already died, and didn’t allow to shift him, district Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.
Later Ainul was sent to Malda Medical College and Hospital, but he died on the way. After the news of Ainul Khan’s death spread in the area, his family members and locals surrounded the police station. They alleged that Khan was already dead before sending to Malda. The mob attacked the police at around 11 PM, they damaged one police vehicle and assaulted the officers. They also set the persons arrested by police free, and set the police outpost on fire. Police sources have informed that important documents were lost to the fire.
Four policemen were injured in the mob attack, and all the policemen and civic volunteers present in the police outpost fled the place saving their lives from the mob.
Later a large contingent of police forces were sent from the Englishbazar police station and the situation was brought under control. According to police sources, 7 persons have been arrested in relation to the case, and an investigation into the incident has started. The situation in the area remains tense amid heavy police presence.