MIDNAPORE, 28 JUNE: An eight-month pregnant woman alleged that she was beaten up by a team of Daspur police late last night when the cops raided the house to arrest Sheikh Karim, her brother-in-law, who was released and got bail from a court in a murder case. The incident occurred at Gopiganj in the Daspur police station area in West Midnapore. Sakila Begum, who was beaten up by the Daspur police, has been admitted to the Daspur hospital in a serious condition. The family members accused the police team of ransacking their house during the raid to arrest Karim. Karim, who was a CPI-M worker, was arrested by police in connection with a murder case, but when he was released from the jail on personal bond, police had asked him not to stay in his house until the panchayat polls are over. Karim’s relatives alleged that police suddenly raided the house and arrested Karim without any reason.
The police team also beat up his wife and aged mother when they put up resistance. Police didn’t even spare Sakila, wife of Karim’s brother, when she tried to stop police from arresting Karim. Karim had returned home to observe Sabe-barat. Protesting the arrest and the assault on the housewives, residents put up a roadblock at Gopiganj and Sultanpur. None of the police officers were available for comment. The local CPI-M leadership alleged that police have framed their worker in a false case. sns