Late SFI leader's father meets Governor

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 05, 2013 18:46 hrs

Kolkata, Apr 5 (IBNS) The father of Students' Federation of India (SFI) leader Sudipto Gupta, who died on Tuesday in Kolkata Police custody after his arrest in a law violation agitation, on Friday met West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan and demanded a CBI probe.

Accompanied by CPM leader Surya Kanta Mishra, Pranab Kumar Gupta and Sudipto´s sister Sumita Sengupta met the Governor to seek justice for his son.

Sudipto died during a police action in Kolkata at their law violation protest on Tuesday. The police said Sudipto died after he was hit by a lamp post while alighting from the police van in which he and other protesters were being taken away after arrest.

The students had alleged that he was beaten up severely by police and pushed and even after he was taken to the SSKM Hospital he was left unattended.

Slamming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling the incident an "accident"and a "petty matter", Gupta´s family called for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation.

"I will approach the Supreme Court to seek justice for my son," said Pranab Gupta earlier.

Reacting to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying the SFI activist´s death was an accident and a petty matter, Pranab Gupta said: "Mamata is making bizarre remarks to cover up the case."

Banerjee on Thursday said during her visit to Bangalore that the death of the 22-year-old was an accident and not a result of ´police atrocity´.

The youth´s father said: "The CM is trying to escape the blame. She cannot return him. She is saying this is petty matter but can she return him? Did I ask for money or assistance ever?
The CM is trying to hide facts."

"Will she ever understand the pain of losing a son?" asked the father of the late SFI leader.

The SFI is the student wing of the state´s opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

West Bengal´s Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said Mamata Banerjee has a limited vocabulary to call such incidents as either petty or fabricated.

"She has a limited vocabulary on these matters. Her own leaders have started deserting her. She should take proper lesson from it," said the CPI-M leader.

Meanwhile, the Kolkata Police said the young leader had suffered head injuries after hitting a stationary blunt object.

Addressing a press conference, Joint Commissioner of Police Jawed Shamim said on Thursday: "The death was due to head injury and ante mortem in nature."

"The injuries are consistent with hitting a stationary blunt object," he said.

The driver of the police bus in which Sudipto had boarded and from which he fell out after hitting a lamp post supposedly said he was not driving the vehicle rashly.

Speaking to NDTV, bus driver Raja Das, who was charged with negligent driving but got bail, said: "I was driving the bus at 40 km per hour. I was not driving in a rash and negligent manner. I don´t understand why I was arrested or what my role was."

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on Thursday announced it will hold an inquiry into the death of the SFI leader.

Besides conducting an independent and parallel investigation, the WBHRC has asked the Kolkata Police to probe into the case and submit a report on it withing a week.

"We don´t have any faith in the police as we all know that the SFI leader died in police custody. Which is why, we have decided to carry out our own investigation. A three-member team will conduct the inquiry," said a WBHRC official on condition of anonymity.

Sudipto was an M.A student from Rabindra Bharati University.

The SFI was holding a protest in demand of student elections in the city´s downtown area at Esplanade on Rani Rashmoni Road.

Soon there were commotion and a police action led to the clashes.

Several others were also injured in the police action and the clashes.

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