The suspected mobile thief who was lynched in the wee hours of November 16 at the Boys Hostel of Nil Ratan Sarcar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital was identified on Tuesday afternoon as Korban Shah — a resident of Fakirpara at Uluberia in Howrah, under Uluberia PS.
The victim has come to be identified as a zari worker who was under severe depression after a road accident in 2011 and more recently the death of his mother. Shah’s family members Tuesday produced medical certificates showing that he had been in “depression”, also leading to the speculation that Korban may have strayed into the hostel complex. “He used to work as an embroidery artisan at a unit in Uluberia. After losing his mother, he used to be in depression and about two years ago, he met with a road accident which left him even more mentally deranged. After that, he lost his job and did odd jobs, often as a mason,” said Roshan Shah, his cousin who had come to identify his body.\
Roshan said the family wanted to file a murder complaint.. “We will file a murder case and we urge the police to arrest those who killed my brother,” Roshan said. “Even if he was found guilty or caught for any offence, he should have been handed over to the police instead of being killed in such a manner,” he added.
“His wife is seven months’ pregnant and went into shock after she heard of her husband’s death. She was supposed to go to the police station but could not make it at the last moment,” a relative said. Korban is also survived by four children.
While Korban had been missing since November 13, the family didn’t file a complaint. “He was not mentally fit and often went missing for some days. We had no idea he would meet such a tragic death,” Roshan said.
Hospital authorities and students of the hostel were reluctant to talk. Asked if it was possible that Korban was working as a mason at the hostel and strayed into the corridor on November 16, Dr Manju Banerjee, NRS principal said, “The committee is still to submit a report to me and I cannot comment before I get a comprehensive report.”
General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad also refused to speak.
Police have so far not interrogated any hostel student. Sources in the police said they were looking for some sanction from political quarters.