Deceased LLB student’s father alleges he was murdered

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2014 10:02 IST

Two days after Abhishek Banerji, 22, a law student, was found dead in his car near SCD Government College, his father, Dr AK Banerji, has claimed that he was murdered.

In a meeting with police commissioner Pramod Ban on Tuesday, seeking an investigation, Dr Banerji claimed that it was a planned murder as someone either injected something poisonous in his son’s veins or served him some poisonous substance. Dr Banerji has also suspected tampering with the mobile phone of his son, who was pursuing LLB from a private college in Pune.

“Abhishek had left the house at 8:30pm on Saturday soon after receiving a phone call, saying that he was going for a haircut. Later, when he did not return till late, we tried to reach him through his mobile phone. But it was switched off, following which I informed the police control room,” Dr Banerji said.

“After his death, his mobile phone showed no call history, which reflects that his phone was tampered with. The accused must have called him to the spot on some pretext and then murdered him before deleting his number from my son’s mobile phone,” he alleged.

“When we checked Abhishek’s mobile phone, we found an unsent message which was meant for his mother. The message was typed on 11.28pm on Saturday night, hours after Abhishek left home. In the message, he has typed that he wasn’t feeling well,” the victim’s father said. He alleged that the Division Number 8 police were dilly-dallying procurement of his son’s call details.

The father said a few years ago he had made a complaint about some drug peddlers that used to supply drugs among the youth, including his son, adding that the accused had killed his son to take revenge.

Refuting the theory of the police that his son died due to drug overdose, Dr Banerji said Abhishek had been treated at a drug de-addiction centre in Delhi and had given up drugs.

The police commissioner assured him of proper investigation.

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