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SFI activist died after hitting a stationary object: Kolkata Police


Sougata Mukhopadhyay,CNN-IBN
Apr 04, 2013 at 06:07pm IST

Kolkata: The Kolkata Police on Thursday stated that the final post-mortem report of SFI activist Sudipto Gupta was yet to come out and that the initial report had shown that the 23-year-old student died due to a head injury inflicted by hitting a stationary object and then hitting a rough structure after that.

The police have, since the beginning, been alleging that Gupta died after hitting a lamp post and collapsing on the road.

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The Kolkata Joint CP, Law and Order, Javid Shamim, told mediapersons during a press conference that the report showed that the wounds inflicted were ante-mortem in nature, i.e. inflicted before death and that they were not caused by lathis or rods. He added that investigations were continuing and that their probe would be transparent.

"We will give a final report once the investigation is over. We are looking into all the possibilities. The investigation will be transparent. Let it proceed. We will come out with a final report. Till the time the investigation is not complete, please cooperate with us," Shamim said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo remains in denial over the incident. On Thursday, she reiterated her stand that the incident was an accident and not caused by police atrocity.

Kolkata on Thursday observed a partial bandh in protest against the death of the student. Since morning, there were roadblocks in various places across the city. A Congress student delegation was expected to meet the West Bengal Governor at 4 pm on Thursday to demand a judicial probe into Sudipto's death.

Sudipto Gupta, an MA student at Rabindra Bharati University, was admitted to hospital with severe internal haemorrhage and later succumbed to his injuries. Gupta was part of a protest organised by the SFI against the postponement of college elections. The incident has led to thousands coming out on the streets of Kolkata to protest against the incident.

According to sources, the activist was beaten up by policemen while he was being taken to the Presidency jail in a bus. Eyewitnesses told CNN-IBN that the police forced 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, an eyewitness himself, 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.

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