Family of teen who died at Amit Chaudhuri’s house party demands fair probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2016 22:05 IST
Aabesh Dasgupta, a student of St Xavier’s Collegiate School, was found lying in a pool of blood in the basement of the posh apartment block in Sunny Park on Saturday. (HT Photo)

The family members of Aabesh Dasgupta — a teenager who allegedly died during the birthday party of writer Amit Chaudhuri’s daughter — demanded an on-camera post mortem, fearing the accused might influence investigation.

“It’s a case of murder,” Aabesh’s mother, Rimjhim, said, without taking any names. “We are apprehending that relatives of the accused might influence the case and we are demanding a transparent investigation. Hence we have sent a letter to the officer in charge of the Ballygaunge police station requesting him to record the post mortem process.”

Police have accepted their request and recorded the post mortem process at the Kolkata Medical College morgue.

Aabesh’s father, Swagato Dasgupta, worked as an assistant to film director Sandip Ray. He passed away in February. His mother, Rimjhim, is an interior designer.

Around 6 pm on Saturday, Aabesh, a student of St Xavier’s Collegiate School, was found lying in a pool of blood in the basement of the posh apartment block in Sunny Park. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Investigation revealed that the 17-year-old was part of a group that went to a club in South Kolkata to celebrate the birthday of their friend and Chaudhuri’s daughter, Aruna, before heading to the Sunny Park apartment.

Amit Chaudhuri is an English author and academic, and a winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award, the country’s highest literary honour.

“A group of 17 friends went to celebrate Aruna’s birthday party at a South Kolkata club. They apparently had liquor there and came back to this apartment. Around 6 pm the security guard heard a brawl from the basement and ... they found Aabesh lying there,” joint commissioner of police (crime) Vishal Garg said. “The security guard informed Amit Chowdhury, who rushed Aabesh to the hospital.”

Police said the deceased had a deep cut near his armpit and some small cut wounds on his left hand and bruised knees. Pieces of a liquor bottle were recovered from the basement, and are likely the murder weapon.

On the complaint of the victim’s mother, a case under Section 302 (murder) has been filed.

Upon questioning, one those present at the party said Aabesh was in “normal condition” at the time of the incident, and “he lost his balance and fell down on the bottle and hurt himself”.

“But there are a few discrepancies in his statement. We are keeping all the angles open. Unfortunately no CCTV footage of the basement, where the incident took place, is available,” said an investigating officer.

Aabesh relatives, however, claim they were the last ones to be informed on Saturday night, and there are several other factors that point to it being a case of murder.

“Police stated that Aabesh’s friends are claiming it to be an accident. Then why did they flee the spot?” the victim’s mother said. “I received a call stating that my son met with an accident around 7:15 pm and I rushed to the hospital, where relatives of all other friends were present. I was the last one to be informed.”

Unanswered questions:

What were the friends doing in the basement?

Security guards informed police that they heard a brawl. Who was involved in the brawl and what led to it?

Why did the security guards fail to intervene?

Was Aabesh murdered or is it an accidental death (as claimed by a section of his friends)?

If it is murder, what was the cause?

Police said the victim had deep cuts near his armpit and hand. Is it possible to get such injuries by falling on a beer bottle?

If it was an accident, why did the others at the party flee?

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