THREE DAYS after a Class XII student in Kolkata was found bleeding, and later died, at the apartment complex of author Amit Chaudhuri, investigators have not completely ruled out the possibility of animosity between friends over a girl, and which might have led to the incident.
The police are also probing whether it was an accident, as the victim’s friends have claimed, or a murder, as his mother asserted.
Specifying that they are yet to come to any conclusion, an officer with knowledge of the investigation said statements given by the victim’s friends — about the accident angle — “do not match up”.
Aabesh Dasgupta (17), who was at the birthday party of Chaudhuri’s daughter, allegedly uninvited, was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital on Saturday evening.
Chaudhuri was questioned at the police headquarters at Lalbazaar on Tuesday. Police maintained that Chaudhuri had reacted promptly after he was told that a young boy lay bleeding downstairs, inside the premises of his apartment in south Kolkata’s Ballygunge, and had immediately rushed him to hospital. But by the time he got there, the boy had already lost a lot of blood, an officer said.
“We spoke to Chaudhuri about the guests who had come for the party. He told us that his daughter didn’t know the boy (Aabesh), and that he had come with another friend,” he said.
Officers said they have gone through Aabesh’s last messages on social media platform WhatsApp and phone conversations and found that tension was brewing between him and a few friends over a girl in the days immediately preceding Saturday. A senior officer said: “We don’t know whether this led to an argument between them. At the time of the incident, six of them, including Aabesh, were downstairs, but none of the friends could come up with a plausible reason why they left (when Aabesh lay bleeding).”
The police also said they have taken statements of security guards at the apartment complex, and although none of them were present at the spot, they have confirmed that voices were raised and there seemed to be an argument. “The (victim’s) friends have claimed that he was drinking a bottle of beer he had carried – he fell (accidentally), the bottle broke and stabbed him,” the officer added.
A special investigation team has been formed to probe the case. Joint Commissioner of Police Vishal Garg said, “A team of forensic experts and doctors (have) collected samples (from the spot). We have also interrogated all those present at the party…. We can come to a conclusion once we get the postmortem report.”
Aabesh’s mother Rimjhim Dasgupta claimed her son was murdered, and those present in the party know what actually happened that day. “I think attempts are being made to cover up the issue by introducing the accident angle,” she said.