23-year-old man beaten to death by cousins for refusing to get tested for COVID-19

Sneha Shah | May 24, 2020 19:06

In a shocking incident, a 23-year-old migrant labourer, who returned from Delhi to Malakpur village of Bijnor District in Uttar Pradesh on May 19, was brutally beaten beaten to death by his cousins after he allegedly refused to get his COVID-19 test done.

After the beating, the victim, Manjeet Singh, who was a daily wage labourer, died on May 22, during treatment at a hospital in Meerut. Based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s father, Kalyan Singh, an FIR has been registered against Manjeet’s cousins Kapil and Manoj, their mother Puniya and Manoj’s wife Dolly at the Nahtaur police station.

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Satya Prakash Singh, SHO, Nahtaur police station, said, “Since his return, Kapil and Manoj kept nagging Manjeet to get his test done. The matter quickly escalated to a heated arguement between them. The accused, brought sticks and started hitting Manjeet, who suffered head and shoulder injuries. When Manjeet fell unconscious, he was rushed to a government hospital by his parents.”

SHO Singh added that Manjeet’s demise was a result of head injury sustained due to the beating. Sanjay Kumar, Additional Superintendent, Bijnor, said that Singh underwent thermal screening when he reached Bijnor from Delhi on May 19. The report had come out to be negative and hence his sample was not collected for COVID-19 test.