State Congress leaders are going to help the family of Krishnapada Jana, who was lynched on the campus of a college in Sabang, in moving high court seeking a CBI probe.
“I have spoken to Manas Bhuniya and Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya over moving high court seeking a CBI probe. I have also spoken to the family of the victim and they have agreed to file a petition,” senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said.
While Bhuniya is a six-time Congress MLA from Sabang, Bhattacharya is a lawyer and CPI(M) leader who had earlier served as the mayor of Kolkata. Significantly, Bhattacharya had fought on behalf of Mannan in a case that saw the Supreme Court ordering a CBI probe into the Saradha chit fund scam. The probe has so far resulted in the arrest of several Trinamool leaders, including a minister and two MPs.
Jana’s family would tell the court that the police did not lodge a proper FIR following the incident and would request the court to ensure a proper FIR. West Midnapore district police have used a letter by the college’s students’ union general secretary Soumen Ganguly addressed to principal Kanailal Paria as the complaint.
“It’s an improper FIR. That letter was not meant for the police and was addressed to the principal. This can’t be treated as an FIR. We will lend all possible help to the family in ensuring a proper investigation,” Bhuniya said. He has earlier alleged local Trinamool leaders Tarun Mishra and Bipul Maiti were behind the lynching.
Bhuniya and Mannan said a judicial intervention would also be sought against the officer-incharge of Sabang police station and the police superintendent of West Midnapore.
Jana’s death sparked off widespread protests. Though campus violence is synonymous with student politics in Bengal, deaths are a rarity. The Congress and SFI have already called for bandhs.
A member of the Congress’ student outfit, Chhatra Parishad, Jana was lynched on Friday. The Congress and Jana’s family has accused Trinamool Chhatra Parishad for the death. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee who spoke to Bhuniya after the lynching, ruled out involvement of the ruling party’s student wing.
“The chief minister had assured me of strong action when she spoke to me over the phone. But as time progressed it has become clear that her words are not in tune with her administration. This is why an intervention from the judiciary is necessary,” Bhuniya told Hindustan Times.