This comes a day after the investigating officers had clearly stated that the footage gathered from CCTV cameras, statements of eyewitnesses, phone call records and other circumstantial evidences indicate that Aabesh death was “not a pre-planned incident”. The statement made it clear that the police was considering Aabesh’s death to be an accidental in nature.
Family members of the victim had raised their voice protesting against the claim of the police soon after television channels started to telecast the statement of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vishal Garg. The family claimed that Aabesh was killed and it was not a simple case of an accident.
Banerjee returned from Delhi Thursday night and the victim’s mother, along with his grandmother and maternal uncle, went to the Chief Minister’s residence Friday morning.
After the meeting concluded, Rimjhim told the media persons: “We told her that the police were saying that Aabesh’s death was accidental in nature, but we believe it to be a murder. Thus, we came to you for justice. In reply, she told us that the truth will be unearthed. They (the police) have to establish what had exactly happened. She has assured us of a proper probe and that there would
be no involvement of any influential person.”
Krishna Paul, The victim’s grandmother, said: “The Chief Minister has assured us that there will be a proper probe. Thus I feel that there is nothing to worry anymore.” It may be recalled that on Monday the Chief Minister had directed the police to conduct an impartial inquiry into the death of 17-year-old Aabesh Dasgupta.
State Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas had earlier gone to the victim’s residence and conveyed the Chief Minister’s message to the family members.
Sources said that the investigating officers on Friday once again summoned two security personnel of Sunny Park Apartment and interrogated them. They had been questioned twice earlier. It is learnt that the reason behind questioning them again was to verify the claims of other eyewitnesses.
Police were unable to find a specific video footage of around 22 seconds. It was reportedly during this interval when Aabesh had fallen on the ground. Thus, police are depending on statements of the eyewitnesses to establish what had taken place at that time.
In another development in this connection, the owners of the liquor shop, from where the teenagers had bought alcohol, were granted bail after being produced before the Alipore Court on Friday.