Family and friends of Sourav Chowdhury, who was murdered for protesting against liquor mafia at Bamangachi, pledged on his birthday that they would continue their fight for justice.
Members of Sourav Pratibadi Mancha, a forum formed after the nineteen-year-old was killed, also staged a demonstration on Sunday to mark the occasion.
Sourav’s family members said that every year, Sourav would skip work and college to spend his birthday with family and friends. Last year, his father had gifted him a T-Shirt and the teenager had worn it while going out for lunch with friends.
The teenager’s brother Sandip Chowdhury said members of the forum organised a condolence meet and a silent procession in the neighbourhood in Sourav’s memory. In the evening, members spoke from a dais put up in the locality, he added.
“There are over 100 members in this forum, each with his own political affiliation. But, they have shaken off their allegiances and come together to fight for justice,” Sandip said. He added that a deputation, signed by local residents was submitted at the district SP’s office.
“We demand capital punishment for my brother’s murderers, irrespective of their political patronage. This apart, a permanent police outpost should be set up in the locality to create a sense of security among residents. Adequate efforts should be made to make women feel safe,” he added.
Sandip said they would continue the fight on their own. “Leaders from many political parties came to our house and offered all sorts of assistance. But, we can see a political motive in their statements. We will fight it out alone,” he said.
Sourav’s father Sarat Chowdhury was holding a photograph of his slain son. “Our movement will continue till the murderers are hanged,” he said.
Mother Nita Chowdhury echoed her husband. “We are mourning on a day we celebrated every year. I would appeal to police and administration to ensure that no mother suffers what I am going through,” she said.