Minutes after news of Sudipta Gupta’s death got out, his Facebook page was flooded with condolence messages from friends, blaming the police for his tragic death.
Debabrata Samaddar, former student of Netaji Nagar College, wrote on Sudipto’s wall, “SFI leader Sudipto Gupta is no more. Police of West Bengal government killed him. I knew him personally. Red salute to Sudipta.”
His friends blamed the cops for abusing SFI students to get in the good books of the Trinamool government. Subha Deep, a Jadavpur University student, wrote, “Why blame the police? They were just saving their jobs. If they can ‘fix’ and give a ‘dose’ to come SFI supporters their points with the state government would increase.”
While many SFI supporters and Sudipta’s friends put up black profile pictures to express their grief. Shubhankar Ghosh, a student of WBUT, wrote on Facebook, “Red salute to you. We will never forget you. Your death will not be in vain.”
Even chief minister Mamata Banerjee was criticised on Facebook, for attending the IPL inaugural ceremony. Banani Ghosh, an SFI supporter, wrote on Sudipta’s wall, “Even after hearing this news, how can the leader of the Ma-Mati-Manush government remain busy lighting the lamp at the IPL inaugural ceremony. She must not be bothered by the death of Sudipta, a young man and the only support of his father.”