The incident in which the student of Jadavpur University Raunak Saha drowned in river Hooghly took a new turn with his father alleging that “parents of four friends offered him money to settle the matter”.
This comes on the day when his decomposed body was fished out from the river.
The decomposed body was found under a jetty at Fairlie Place ghat on Sunday afternoon.
He had fallen into the river while taking a ride on a boat in river Hooghly with four of his friends including two girls on Thursday afternoon.
When the body was found after three days of the incident, the victim’s father Subrata Saha alleged that parents of all the four friends, who were with Raunak on the boat, came to his house together for the first time on Sunday morning.
He said: “They didn’t speak to me or come to my house since the day of the incident. Today (Sunday), suddenly, the parents of all the four came to my house. They asked me settle the matter and even offered me money to withdraw the case. The father of Anurag, who is one of the two other boys on the boat, is a real estate developer and he spoke rudely with my elder brother.”
Saying that Raunak’s friends should have cried for help soon after the incident, but nothing of that sort had taken place, the victim’s father raised a question that “Why didn’t the youth inform us about the incident even after three hours had passed?”
The victim’s family members would meet the Commissioner of police Rajeev Kumar in this connection as they apprehend that there would be an attempt to restrict the police to unearth the truth behind Raunak’s death.
The victim’s family members would also lodge a murder complaint against the boatman, who was arrested earlier in this connection.
Some local people saw something stuck under the jetty at Fairley Place and informed the police. The river traffic police then engaged divers.
They recovered the body. There was no shirt on Raunak’s body, but he was wearing his trousers and shoes. There was a deep cut mark on his chest.
The police are yet to ascertain the reason behind the cut mark. The body has been sent for an autopsy.
Sources said the homicide section of the city police’s detective department would take up the case soon. The friends of Raunak were questioned earlier by officers in North Port police station. The officers posted in the homicide section would also interrogate the friends.