THE KOLKATA Police on Monday set up a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the alleged murder of 17-year-old Aabesh Dasgupta, who reportedly died after being stabbed at a party in south Kolkata’s Ballygunge on Saturday.
Initial evidence from the postmortem examination has confirmed that Aabesh died from “excessive blood loss” through a severed artery. At least three other wounds were also found on his body. Police said he must have bled “for at least an hour” and could have been saved had he been discovered on time.
Police said the initial postmortem report has confirmed that Aabesh had died of cardiac arrest and multiple organ failure, which resulted from excessive blood loss. “A 4.3-inch cut near the left armpit had severed his auxiliary artery — a vessel that can pump out several litres of blood in a few minutes if not dressed immediately. He also had lacerations on his left knee and arm. We have to see whether these injuries are consistent with defensive injuries sustained during an attack or if he fell,” said a police officer.
Aabesh’s mother, Rimjhim Dasgupta, on Monday went to Kolkata Police headquarters at Lalbazar following media reports that the death was “accidental”. Officers, however, denied the reports, saying the investigation was ongoing. No one has been arrested in the case yet.
Police had registered a case of murder against unknown assailants in the death of Aabesh, who was stabbed allegedly with a broken bottle. A Class XII student, Aabesh had attended the birthday party of the daughter of noted author Amit Chaudhuri in Ballygunge on Saturday, where he was found with stab injuries. Chaudhuri — who had taken the teenager to the hospital — had said the victim was not known to his daughter and had not been invited by others who had organised the party.
The police had gathered evidence, including CCTV footage, from the apartment complex on Sunday, and also recorded testimonies of guests at the party and the security guards who were on duty. About the 17-year-old who was initially detained, police said while he had denied all allegations, he continues to be a person of interest.