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Political blame game begins over student's murder in West Bengal; no CBI probe says TMC

Monday, 7 July 2014 - 7:54am IST | Place: Kolkata

Politics around the murder of 22 year old boy Sourabh Choudhury in the North 24 Paraganas has begun with various leaders from political parties visiting the family members of the deceased. However no Trinamool Congress leader has visited the house yet. BJP leader PC Sorkar (Junior), BJP state president Rahul Singh, a representative group of leader from SFI and DYFI visited the family since the morning of July 6. But when Congress leader RIju Ghoshal went to meet the family, he had to face the ire of the local people for politicising the issue.  

The family of the deceased asked for a CBI investoigation as they think the main accused SHyamal Karmakar is linked to the ruling party and therefore they cannot trust the local police. Zee News reportd a TMC leader told the local reporters that the CBI could not be asked to probe a "trifling matter" when it has other cases on their hands. 

A second year student, Sourabh, was found murderd and in multiple pieces near railway track on Saturday, July 5. BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya claimed the student's family members are known to be BJP workers, while the Trinamool Congress has claimed him to e a part of TMC's student wing though no one from the ruling party has visited the house. The local people have claimed that the main reason for the murder of the boy was his protest against the anti social activities in the area, including demands like the street lights not be stolen off. This has been supported by CPIM leader Ritabrata Banerjee and Mohummad Salim told ANI that the cult of violence is going up and is promoted in West Bengal by the chief minister herself and her ministers. The party members do understand that no action will be taken against them for their crimes, which is leading an enormous rise in the incidents of violence in the state. 

Zee News quoted Sandip Chowdhury, elder brother of Sourav, saying, "Both of us used to protest against anti-social activities. So they (the goons) wanted to kill either of us. The miscreants were earlier sheltered by the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist), and now by the ruling Trinamool Congress."    

After much controversies, post mortem was carried out on Sourabh's body late in the evening on July 6. There are three types of wounds on his body: made by sharp instruments, made by blunt heavy instruments and the impacts of being thrown into the railway tracks. 

The main accused in the case Shyamal Karmakar, has still not been arrested by the police. The local people even attacked the house of a relative of Sarkar as they claim Srakar was seen in the house on the morning of July 6. On Sunday evening, the local people started searching for Shyamal themselves after losing trust on the police officials, reported 24 Ghanta, a local Bengali news channel. The local people even handed over to another accused in the case ANup Talukdar to the police. 

The police claimed they had no picture of Shyamal to search for or arrest him. The locals got hold of Shyamal's picture and started searching for him, though they have not been successful till now. 




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