Police yet to identify lynched ‘mobile thief’

Principal Dr Manju Banerjee said that members of the committee formed to probe the incident had visited the hostel.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: November 18, 2014 1:54 am
Probe committee members come out of the boys’ hostel of NRS Medical College in Kolkata, after inspection on Monday. ( Source: Express photo by Partha Paul) Probe committee members come out of the boys’ hostel of NRS Medical College in Kolkata, after inspection on Monday. ( Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

More than 36 hours after the suspected mobile thief’s body was recovered from the boys’ hostel at Nil Ratan Sarcar Medical College and Hospital, and the police are yet to identify the body or make an arrest.

Senior police officials said the postmortem had been completed but no one had claimed the body yet. The postmortem report stated that the victim had sustained multiple injuries and had suffered internal hammeorage.

The police, however, are apprehensive of calling any medical student for questioning.

“We cannot take any action against the students without anyone coming forward with any particular name. They have their exams in December,” said a senior police official, citing the recent unrest caused at the Jadavpur University owing to police action.

Meanwhile, the police were posted at the entrance of the hostel to keep media persons at bay whereas none of the hospital officials were available for comments.

Hospital Superintendent Dr S A Amam refused to comment saying the matter is being investigated.

Principal Dr Manju Banerjee said that members of the committee formed to probe the incident had visited the hostel.

“Members of the committee had visited the spot and talked to students. I have not received any report from them so would not know about the probe’s progress,” she said.

The hostel, which houses about 500 students in its 148 rooms, from first year to intern level, had about 200 of them at the hostel building as many were out for the weekend.

“There had been several incidents of thefts in the hostel but police didn’t take any step against it. The students had caught both the thieves red handed and beat them up. While one escaped, the other could not. Of course beating someone to death can never be justified,” said an intern. He also said that the thief had confessed that those working as masons in the compound used to tip them about who stays in which room and who possesses expensive phones and other gadgets.

Dhrubojyoti Dey, DC (ESD), admitted no arrests had been made so far. “We are in the process of ascertaining who all, among the students, were present when the incident took place.”

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