Even as the court battle began with the State Election Commission (SEC), the Mamata Banerjee government got embroiled in a fresh trouble on Tuesday when a 22-year old SFI leader died in ‘police custody’ while he was being taken in a bus along with other SFI supporters who were arrested by the police following a pre-scheduled law violation programme at Esplanade.
The former student of Netaji Nagar College, Sudipta Gupta, was being taken to Presidency Jail lock up, where he would have been given bail along with his fellow agitators by the trying magistrate according to practice.
He was arrested from Rani Rashmoni Road, a distance of about 3 kms.
While CPI(M) leaders described it as a death in police custody, the police blamed Gupta’s death on a collision with a roadside pillar during scuffle with the police.
The super of SSKM hospital, Dr TK Ghosh, who declared the death attributed it to “polytrauma with severe injury on right side of forehead.”
SFI leaders told HT, they would file an FIR against the police for the death of Gupta in custody.
“Some of the students got engaged in a scuffle with the policeman on duty in the bus. And Sudipta Gupta, the student along with others came nearby the door. He received injuries to his head while his head banged on a roadside lamp post,” claimed joint commissioner of Kolkata Police, Javed Shamim. The fater of the victim reached hospital in evening.