SFI leader's death a petty matter, Mamata says in Bangalore

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 Mamata Banerjee
Bangalore, April 4: West Bengal Chief Minister sparked off another controversy here on Thursday by terming the recent death of an SFI young leader as "small and petty matter". She said the death of the 22-year-old Sudipto Gupta was unfortunate but it had nothing to do with police action.

Gupta was allegedly thrashed in police custody and was pushed off the bus in which he and his colleagues were being taken. He had hit a lamp-post and sustained grave injuries and succumbed later in a state-run hospital. Witnesses said the injured student was not even attended properly by the doctors.

Banerjee, her party members and the state police have been saying ever since that it was an accident and there was no police atrocity involved in this.

The Opposition parties and the civil society slammed the state government over the insensitive reaction. Demands have been made for a judicial probe into the incident but the chief minister was found making conclusive statements before any legal course was taken.

The West Bengal chief minister arrived in Bangalore to facilitate ailing legendary singer Manna De. The West Bengal government would felicitate the 94-year-old singer with Maha Sangeet samman.

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