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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Sudipta, Left’s new national poster boy

Ravik Bhattacharya , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, April 08, 2013
First Published: 18:02 IST(8/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:03 IST(8/4/2013)

Sudipta Gupta, who died in police custody, is set to become the Left’s new poster boy.

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His blood-stained apparel of the fateful day, his cap, the notebook in his backpack, his poems, songs, writings will all be preserved and displayed to the public, apart from being highlighted throughout India in various agitations.

Condolence messages poured in from not only Communist parties in various countries, but also from people like Ben Lunn, international music composer.

Bolstered by the pan-India response, SFI is making further plans to keep memories of Sudipta alive.

“When I visited Sudipta’s home, we requested his father and sister to give us his writings and other items. These will be preserved for all to see. We must not forget him or the incident,” said Sujan Chakraborty, CPI(M) state committee member.

“This incident has shaken so many people from across the nation and even outside. We will keep his memory alive,” said Ritabrata Banerjee, all-India general secretary of SFI.

“Everything connected to Sudipta will be preserved and displayed in a room for all to see. His blood stained T-shirt, trousers, cap, backpack, water bottle and his note book will be on display. We will also display his pictures and writings,” said Debojyoti Das, SFI state secretary.

The items will be also showcased on the party website. “Pictures of him during agitations, party programmes and during happier times would also be displayed,” Das said.

SFI has also planned a condolence meet to remember Sudipta, in which representatives of international communist parties are likely to participate. Party sources said that all attempts would be taken to keep the victim’s memory alive. Already on April 3, a day after his death, thousands of students paid their last respects as Sudipta’s body was rallied around the city. Protests also took place in Banglalore, Delhi and other cities.

Sudipta died in police custody on April 2 when he was arrested with hundreds of other SFI activists following a pre-scheduled law violation programme. SFI activists and his friends pointed fingers at the police for beating him up. The chief minister dubbed the incident a ‘small and petty matter’ and said it was an accident where Sudipta banged his head against a lamppost.


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