Assaulted by drug addicts, day labourer loses arm | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 04, 2019

Assaulted by drug addicts, day labourer loses arm

Day labourer Bahadur Mardi, of indigenous Kol community in Rajshahi's Godagari upazila, lost his right arm after he was beaten up by drug addicts in January.

The 30-year old man, receiving treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH), now does not know how he will provide for his wife, two children and his elderly parents.   

Bahadur's forearm including the elbow joint had to be amputated at the hospital on Thursday as gangrene developed on the limb due to damage caused by injuries, according to hospital authorities.

After he was beaten with a bamboo stick on the evening of January 20, Bahadur could only afford to seek treatment from a quack.

As his condition deteriorated, he was brought to the hospital on Thursday when gangrene was detected in his arm. The damaged limb was amputated the same day, said doctors at the hospital.

Speaking with this correspondent at RMCH yesterday, Bahadur said a group of addicts caused great ruckus beside his house in Chikna village almost regularly. Oftentimes the thugs engaged in altercation with him for asking not to cause such commotion.

On January 20 evening, when the addicts were creating a lot of noise, Bahadur once again protested. They soon ganged up against him and one of them, Kamrul, accused him of stealing a mobile phone from him.

Kamrul then started to beat him with a bamboo stick and broke his arm, Bahadur said.

Later, at an arbitration at the village, Kamrul was made to pay Tk 2,800 to Bahadur as compensation for his treatment expenses, he added. 

His wife Madhuri Mardi said she filed a case with Godagari Police Station only yesterday because they were occupied arranging treatment for him.

Zahangir Alam, OC of the police station, said he asked Bahadur's wife to file the case in this regard and they were trying to arrest Kamrul.

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