Both the ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition BJP Sunday staked claim to the allegiance of a college student who was murdered and chopped into pieces in North 24-Parganas district. Both the parties alleged that the main accused in the case was affiliated to the rival party.
The blame game continued even as one of the four accused in the case was arrested and remanded to seven-day police custody while the deceased’s family reiterated demand for a CBI probe.
The body of Sourav Chowdhury, 19, was brought to his residence late on Sunday after postmortem. Sourav’s brother Sanjeeb and his friends, who went to NRS hospital to get the body, created a ruckus there after doctors refused to divulge the prima facie cause of death.
Hospital sources said that the doctors believe there is a possibility the cause of death being an accident. Family members of the deceased gheraoed the forensic expert at the NRS Hospital who was later rescued by the police.
Sourav was allegedly killed for starting a drive against hooch dens in the area allegedly run by absconding prime accused Shyamal Karmakar. “The three other accused named in the FIR are Litton Talukdar, Anup Talukdar and Uttam Shikari — all local goons,” a senior police official said. It was also found out that all four were CPM supporters and had defected to the Trinamool Congress after Mamata Banerjee assumed power in 2011.
Anup was arrested in a raid Saturday , Additional SP Bhaskar Mukherjee said, adding he was later produced at Barasat district court and was remanded to seven-day police custody.
The slain student’s brother, however, said he has “lost trust” in the government. “The police seems to be working under political pressure. We will give them another day (to arrest the remaining accused) and then we will demand a CBI inquiry,” Sanjeeb said, adding that Shyamal Karmakar was a TMC muscleman. A mob ransacked the house of Shyamal’s relative, where he had allegedly spent Friday night, at Bamangachhi area of North-24 Parganas.
It was also alleged that the local panchayat member and TMC leader Tushar Talukdar was behind the conspiracy because Sourav’s father Sarat Chowdhury was a BJP supporter and mother Nita Chowdhury was a BJP candidate during the panchayat elections. Tushar, however, refuted the allegation.
BJP state president Rahul Sinha, who visited the victim’s family, claimed that the 19-year old was a BJP activist while Shyamal was a TMC supporter. “We want a CBI investigation into the killing.”
Rubbishing the claim, TMC North 24-Parganas district president and state minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said, “Shyamal was a BJP worker and had campaigned for the BJP candidate PC Sorcar in the Lok Sabha election”.
TMCP president Shankudeb Panda too claimed Sourav, second year student at Mrinalini Dutta College at Birati, was a member of the party. Joining in the TMC-BJP tussle, CPM state secretary and Biman Bose accused the goons of the ruling party for Sourav’s killing.