Mamata still in denial, asks why there are protests over student’s death

Apr 4, 2013

Bangalore: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday questioned Students Federation of India (SFI) protests over the death of its leader Sudipta Gupta, saying it's an accident and not police assault.

On the SFI observing a student strike, she told reporters in Bangalore: "Why? for what purpose?"

The post-mortem would reveal that it's an accident. "It is unfortunate. It is not police assault," said Banerjee, who is in Bangalore on a day's visit to confer West Bengal's prestigious 'Vishes Sangeet Mahasamman' award on eminent playback singer Manna Dey at his residence in the city.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. AFP

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. AFP

Speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Wednesday after visiting the hospital where Gupta's body has been kept, she had claimed the student leader was killed when he hit a 'post' and that many of her own party workers had died similarly when they had thrust their heads out while travelling by train.

SFI members on Thursday blocked busy roads in Kolkata and other parts of the state for 15 minutes at 11 am.

Gupta, a 22-year-old MA student at the Rabindra Bharati University, died while being taken to jail following a law violation programme by the SFI on Tuesday.


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