Demanding fresh autopsy, families bury bodies of 2 students; Sujan seeks judicial probe

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22 Sep 2018

Demanding a CBI probe into killing of two students at Daribhita area in Islampur, the family members refused to cremate the bodies of Rajesh Sakar and Tapas Barman. Instead they buried the bodies and kept vigil anticipating that police might forcibly take away the body for cremation.
Though superintendent of police Sumit Kumar claimed that police did not resort to firing on Friday and blamed hooligans hidden in the mob for killing of two students, the family members of the deceased and habitants of the village still believe that they were killed in police firing. They even suspected the authenticity of the post mortem report and alleged that the report was compromised to give police a clean chit. Nilkamal Sarkar, father of Rajesh Sarkar, said: “We have no faith in the post mortem report. We think that the report was manipulated to save face of police. It was police personnel who killed my son and Tapas. Only a probe by the CBI would reveal the truth.”
Neighbours of the deceased students also echoed the demand of their families. They were guarding the bodies of Sarkar and Barman so that repeat autopsy could be done anytime. “We are being threatened of arrest and false cases if we speak to media,” a villager on condition of anonymity said. His allegation was supported by the others. Sujan Chakraborty, leader of Left Front Legislative party and Siliguri mayor Asok Bhattacharya visited Daribhita village today. They spoke to the family members of deceased students. “Killing of students for raising justified demands is barbaric. Trinamool Congress government has turned West Bengal into a police state. We would go to any extent to protest against atrocities by police,” Chakraborty said. The CPM leaders, however, did not comment on the demand of CBI probe. Rather they demanded judicial probe into alleged police firing.