A Sealdah court on Wednesday sent Jasimuddin, an accused in the lynching of mentally challenged youth Korpan Shah at NRS hostel, to eight days’ police custody. During the hearing, the judge also hit out at his classmates for creating a ruckus on the court premises.
Police had arrested Jasimuddin on Tuesday, which is the first arrest in the Shah killing case. Earlier, the police had got no proof, as they failed to find a single witness to the case.
On Wednesday, however, the police told the court that Jasimuddin was directly involved in the murder and that there have been many discrepancies in his statements. The judge approved the appeal for taking Jasimuddin, a first-year medical student, into custody for eight days. He would be produced before the court on December 25.
Shah, a zari worker, was found dead on the NRS compound on November 16. It was later revealed during investigation that a group of students had accused him of stealing a mobile phone, allegedly tied him to a pillar and beat him up till he died.
On Wednesday, a number of Jasimuddin’s classmates gathered on the court premises to listen to the hearing. However, the room was already crowded and many students did not get a chance to enter. As the students created a chaos, an irate additional chief judicial magistrate, Arpita Ghosh, slammed them for their behaviour.
“Is this the way to behave in court? Are you future doctors?” she asked. Jasimuddin was the student whose mobile phone was allegedly stolen. However, he had got the phone back. Initially, Jasimuddin had said that he had seen one person tied up to a pillar but did not see anything else. The police had found it tough to proceed with the case because all the students living in the hostel denied seeing anything.
The police, too, had come under heavy criticism for failing to nab the culprits, even as the killing by the wannabe doctors had shocked various sections of the society. Various human rights groups as well as organisations for the welfare of the handicapped staged a number of protests in different parts of the city.
“We arrested Jasimuddin after thorough interrogation during which we became sure that he was trying to hide information. We believe he is directly involved in the murder. We need to grill him for further information about his associates in the killing,” a police officer said.