Family members of Aabesh Dasgupta, a teenager who allegedly died during the birthday party of writer Amit Chaudhuri’s daughter, met chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.
Aabesh’s mother, grandmother and three other members of his family met Banerjee at her residence a day after Kolkata Police claimed that the death of the 17-year-old was an ‘accident’ according to the preliminary investigation.
Aabesh died during the birthday bash of Chaudhuri’s daughter at the basement car parking of their apartment at Sunny Park, Kolkata on July 23. A blood-soaked broken liquor bottle was found from the spot.
Sources said that the family members, including Rimjhim Dasgupta Aabesh’ mother, spoke with Banerjee for nearly an hour and expressed their concern over the ongoing probe.
They told the chief minister that they strongly believe that Aabesh was murdered and that the probe is being influenced to protect the accused. They appealed to Banerjee for justice.
On Thursday, officers claimed that initial investigations indicated that the death was “accidental”. They suspect that Aabesh suffered fatal injuries during a fall while trying to scale a fence to enter the playground inside the apartment complex.
Vishal Garg, joint commissioner of police (crime), said that initial investigations indicated that there was no foul play and that the death was accidental.
“Going through the CCTV footage and examining the circumstantial evidence, there appears no foul play or conspiracy involved. The visceral examination reports are still awaited, but investigations so far reveal the death to be accidental,” he said, adding that these findings weren’t conclusive.
Aabesh’s family has been alleging it was a case of murder and that the probe was being “influenced” to protect the accused.
“The entire country is not ready to accept that it was an accident. We strongly believe it was a murder. The accused are influential,” Soma Thakur, Aabesh’s maternal aunt, told reporters on Thursday evening.
Police have already recorded statements of Chaudhuri and others who were present with Aabesh the day he died.