Autopsy indicates assault on SFI activist Sudipto Gupta,CPM seeks judicial probe

“Blue marks can be found on his heart and lungs which indicate he could have been beaten up with something,” a senior doctor at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata said.

Written by Sulagna Sengupta | Kolkata | Published: April 4, 2013 1:19:55 am

The row over whether the death of Sudipto Gupta,23,was an accident or a result of police violence continued Wednesday even though his post-mortem report concluded that the Students Federation of India leader died of blunt injuries to heart and head,indicating assault.

“Blue marks can be found on his heart and lungs which indicate he could have been beaten up with something,” a senior doctor at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata said. Tamal Kanti Ghosh,the hospital’s medical superintendent,confirmed the injuries but refused to divulge details of the report.

His father,however,said Sudipto was beaten to death and his face was deformed. Pranab Kumar Gupta also rejected CM Mamata Banerjee’s offer of compensation. “You should not tempt me with money. I am not a beggar. I will not accept anything against my son’s life,” Gupta told her.

Mamata had made the offer after visiting SSKM Hospital. She had gone to pay her respects to Sudipto but had to leave,fearing trouble. “It is an unfortunate incident. Sudipto got banged against a lamppost and died. This is utterly unfortunate. Sudipto’s father is alone and the government is ready to pay compensation if they want,” she offered.

Gupta instead sought justice. “Is this justice? Can you bring my son back?” Gupta questioned the chief minister not long after he cremated his son at Kalighat.

SFI repeated the demand for justice and called a 12-hour strike on Thursday to press it. The CPM,the parent organisation of SFI,too lent its weight to the demand and sought a judicial probe into the death.

Senior CPM leader Biman Bose condemned “attempts to cover up the custodial death as an accidental death” while Nilotpal Basu called it an “unprecedented” incident that reflected “complete authoritarian behaviour and trampling of human rights by West Bengal government.”

“What the police now says is a white lie and is inconsequential. This government has been shielding criminals,” Basu alleged.

Kolkata Police,however,stuck to its claim that Sudipto’s death was an accident. “The home guards escorting the detained students to jail were unarmed. How could they beat the students? Also there were 20 vehicles to carry about 500 students. So there was no overcrowding,” Joint Commissioner Javed Shamim said.

Meanwhile,taking sou moto cognisance of Sudipto’s death,the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission directed the police to probe the case and submit a report within a week. The commission will also conduct a parallel probe and recommend action based on the two reports.

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