Kolkata: The post-mortem report of SFI activist Sudipto Gupta on Wednesday said that the 23-year-old student suffered injuries in the middle of his forehead and at the back of his head, apart from a broken jaw. The report added that there were injury marks in other parts of his body as well. "The injury at the middle of his forehead is ante-mortem in nature," the report added.
One person has been arrested in connection with the case. The person arrested is Raju Das, the driver of the bus which was used to take the demonstrators to the prison by the police. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met other activists injured in the police crackdown.
On Wednesday, Left leaders, including Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, joined his funeral procession. They laid wreaths when his body was brought to the SFI headquarters in Kolkata.
The death of the 23-year-old sparked off massive protests in Kolkata. Sudipto was fatally injured allegedly by the police during a crackdown in the city on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses say the police bundled protesters on to a bus following a mass arrest and then Sudipto was pushed out of the bus and badly beaten up. SFI General Secretary Satarup Ghosh, who is an eyewitness, said, "He was hit on his head so hard that one of his eyes came out."
"We were courting arrest when the policemen started beating us in the bus. One of the policemen hit Sudipto's head with a lathi and he fell down. When we demanded immediate medical help for him, the police refused," Ghosh said.
The police on the other hand have said that Sudipto fell off the bus. "There was a scuffle inside the bus as the students shouted slogans. One of the students hit a lamp post and was critically injured," Javed Shamim, Joint Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, said.
Sudipto's body was sent for a post-mortem. After the post-mortem on Wednesday, his body will be taken to his residence, then to his college and finally to a crematorium.
His family, meanwhile, has also demanded action. "I want them to be punished. How could they torture a 23-year-old boy like this," his father Pranab gupta said.
An FIR has been lodged. The Left Front has asked for a judicial probe and claimed it will hit the streets in protest.
What spurred the Kolkata police to resort to alleged brutality that cost a 23-year-old his life and another battling death is something that the Left will corner West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over and also the home minister of the state in the coming days.