There was little headway in the probe into the mysterious death of Aabesh Dasgupta even as Kolkata Police Friday again questioned several persons, while the 17-year-old victim’s mother met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and challenged the police theory of her son’s death being “accidental”.
According to a senior Kolkata Police officer, Aabesh’s friends, security guards, drivers and other inhabitants of the Sunny Park complex, where he died Saturday, in the upscale Ballygunge area were questioned. “The investigation is not yet over. We are interrogating people and are verifying their versions over and over again,” the officer said, adding that some of the people were summoned to the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar.
A source said that sleuths probing the case were trying to construct the links which were “still missing” and hence the interrogations were on.
Asked about the forensic report of the cellphones that were seized, the officer said that the tests were yet to be over, and the results could be “crucial”.
Earlier, at about 7.30am, Aabesh’s mother Rimjhim Dasgupta and four other family members met Mamata at her Kalighat residence. The family members expressed their dissatisfaction over the police probe and also alleged that some influential people could be trying to hush up the probe.
“We had a discussion with the CM. She assured us that she had asked for a proper investigation, and that the police were working towards it. She dismissed the idea of important people influencing the investigation, and said she would ensure that the guilty face justice. We are hopeful that justice will be served,” said Rimjhim Dasgupta, Aabesh’s mother. “The Joint CP updated us on the findings as far as the CCTV footage was concerned. Some of the footage was missing, which needs to be found to corroborate the statements,” she said.
Aabesh’s maternal uncle, Raja Dasgupta, said that the CCTV footage was not conclusive at all. “It is so far away from the place of occurance, that among the youths seen in the footage, it is difficult to conclusively identify Aabesh,” he said, adding that if that was the true footage, then it negated the statements made by others.
None of the children who had been interrogated had admitted to being present at the scene of the incident.
Police had earlier brushed aside allegations that some of Aabesh’s friends had left him bleeding. Garg said that it had been one of the friends who called 100, while others had been trying to get an Ola or Uber cab to get him to the hospital.
Aabesh’s family, however, stuck to their stand. “If it was an accident, then why were none of the friends saying so, and why were they kept away from the police and media initially?” Rimjhim said.