CRIME WATCH: Youth found dead in police lockup – Cops claim suicide, relatives allege torture – it all adds up, maybe Nicole Tamang was also murdered and the coverup story of escape ‘a big fat lie’, including the cold blooded murder of Madan Tamang by CPM moles just before the territory talks in Delhi ?!! All to Bengal’s CPM advantage ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, Nov. 29: A 30-year-old youth was found dead in the lockup of Pradhannagar police station this morning, sparking protests from Congress supporters and local people who alleged that he had died because of police torture.
Police said Gautam Pal, a resident of Prakashnagar here, had hanged himself in lockup bathroom.
The protesters blocked Hill Cart road two times, first in the afternoon and then at night. During the second blockade, the relatives and neighbours of Gautam arrived near Gurunbusti with his body.
According to sources, Gautam was arrested, along with his friends Rajkumar Roy and Jaswant Singh, on Friday after a motorcycle went missing.
“Rajen Sonar, one of Gautam’s friends, had borrowed Rs 7,000 from him three months ago and had mortgaged his motorcycle. On Thursday, Rajkumar and Jaswant took the two-wheeler from Gautam for an errand,” said a resident of Prakashnagar. “The duo returned at night and told Gautam that somebody had lifted the bike. Gautam immediately went to Pradhannagar police station to file a complaint.”
But the police refused to accept the complaint, as he was not the owner of the motorcycle. The next day, Gautam went to Sonar and told him about the theft.
However, Sonar was not ready to buy the story and lodged a complaint with Pradhannagar police, accusing Gautam of lifting the bike.
The police picked up Rajkumar and Jaswant first and then Gautam, suspecting that they had sold the motorcycle to someone and cooked up the theft story. The trio were produced in a court on Saturday and remanded in three-day police custody.
Brother contests claim
“Around 6am today, I received a call from the police station and was told to reach Siliguri District Hospital where my brother had been admitted in a serious condition,” said Gautam’s brother, Jiten.
“When I reached the hospital, I found him dead and the police told me he had committed suicide. I believe my brother cannot kill himself and he died because of police torture. We want action against the inspector-in-charge and other policemen who were on duty last night.”
The police sources said Gautam, a bachelor who used to work as an LIC agent, had tightened a noose around the neck with his trouser and hanged himself from the ventilator of the bathroom.
Jiten, accompanied by a lawyer, lodged a complaint with the same police station to demand a probe into his brother’s death. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital.
As the news spread, Congress workers reached the police station, along with relatives and neighbours of Gautam, Rajkumar and Jaswant. They shouted slogans demanding the arrest of the inspector-in-charge and other policemen. At 1pm, the agitators, numbering around 100, came out of the station and disrupted traffic on Hill Cart Road.
When the blockade was going on, former Darjeeling district Congress president Shankar Malakar and deputy magistrate Achinta Das reached the police station at 3pm and held a meeting with Kunal Agarwal, the additional superintendent of police, Siliguri, and other police officers. Half an hour later, Malakar came out and announced the authorities’ assurance of a fair probe.
“We have talked to senior police officials and demanded a judicial inquiry and action against those who were responsible for Gautam’s death in 24 hours. They have promised an investigation and considering people’s inconvenience, we are withdrawing the road blockade. We will meet the police officers after 24 hours and if there is no progress in the probe, we will lock the police station and intensify the agitation,” said Malakar.
The road was blocked once again for 30 minutes from 7.30pm with Gautam’s relatives and residents of Prakashnagar reaching Gurunbusti with his body. A police contingent, led by the circle inspector of Bagdogra, Gautam Ghosh, managed to convince the agitators that the police were looking into the case with “utmost seriousness” and dispersed the crowd.
SP orders probe
D.P. Singh, the superintendent of police of Darjeeling, said a probe would be conducted and reports had been sought from the senior police officers.
“We are not downplaying the custodial death. We have been told that he was found hanging in the bathroom of the lockup,” he said. “Nevertheless, we have sought separate reports from the ASP and the DSP and based on their findings, necessary action will be taken. There is a CCTV camera in the lockup and we will check the footage.”
Night call leaves driver dead – the real estate criminal ‘ Commie Congie’ nexus and thus the obdurate, parochial and colonial Bengal stand – quite corrupt to the core ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Raiganj, Nov. 29: The body of a 24-year-old driver who had been called out from his house here last night reportedly by his friends was found along the national highway this morning.
Two days ago, a group of men had called on a construction material supplier in a similar manner and when there was no response from him, they fired almost 10 times at the house before leaving, a witness said.
The injury marks on the body indicated that Sujit Das had been murdered, said police. The police also said they were aware of the firing at the businessman’s house, which had been targeted twice in two days. The first attack was on November 25.
Sudhir Das said his son had Rs 10,000 on him when he was called out of the house in Asokepally by two of his friends at 8pm yesterday. Sujit was supposed to pay the money to the owner of the truck that he drove.
“Before he could wash up, two of his friends came and called him out of the house. Sujit told us that he had to visit the ailing father of another friend and left home. He did not return at night and we did not look for him. I know the two friends but don’t know where they stay,” said the father.
Early this morning, Sudhir heard that the body of a youth was lying near FCI More on NH34. He went to the spot, about 500 metres from his house, and identified the body as his son’s.
Inspector-in-charge of Raiganj police station Sujit Ghosh said the youth was hacked and his head was bludgeoned with a stone. “We have sent the body for post-mortem and we are looking for the killers but we have not arrested anyone yet,” Ghosh said.
He added that no money was found on the body.
On November 25 and 27, a few youths fired at the house of the material supplier and fled the area.
“I was returning home on Saturday around 7pm when five youths on two motorcycles rode past me near Rajiv Gandhi More. They stopped in front of the house of a construction material supplier, called out his name and when there was no response, they started firing at the building. I heard around 10 rounds,” said Nibaran Majumdar, a resident of Milonpara.
“We have come to know that some youths had fired at the house of a businessman in Milonpara on two days. We have identified the gang,” said Ghosh.