Dhantala, Dec. 5: Family members and relatives of a youth from Nadia’s Dhantala who died on Sunday night in a motor cycle accident, have refused to conduct his funeral demanding a fresh post mortem and a probe suspecting foul play behind his death.
Unhappy with the “accident” theory of the police, the parents and relatives of Sanat Mandal (21), a BA second year student of Bogula Srikrishna College have kept the body at home in Hazrapur of Dhantala since the body arrived there from Saktinagar district hospital in Krishnanagar after post mortem on Monday afternoon.
The family members have informed the local panchayat officials to convey their demand to the police administration so that they take necessary steps to satisfy their demand.
Anil Mandal, father of the deceased youth said: “I suspect that my son was murdered. There were number of injury marks on his body. Police said that my son died in a motor cycle accident, but the youth who was driving it was not injured at all. I, therefore, demanded fresh post mortem, preferably from a hospital in Calcutta so that the truth comes out”.
“We told police about our suspicion, but police refused to pay any attention. At the same time, the family of the youth with whom my son riding the bike have also threatened us if we lodge complaint”, said victim’s sister Pranati Mandal.
Local sources said, on Sunday evening Sanat, left home with Baharul Mandal, a farmer on his bike for Sanatanpur. Sanat while studying in BogulaCollege also worked as a tractor driver under Baharul and used to go with him at different places. On way back home, the meet with an accident near Bhawanipur village market on Hanshkhali-Gyarapota road at about 9pm.
An officer of Hanskhali police said: “We did not find any foul play. The bike had a collision with an auto-rickshaw in high speed. As per local information both the driver and the pillion rider fell on the ground and became unconscious. The driver had helmet on his head, but the pillion rider had nothing. The accident occurred near the market in front of local villagers and residents, who took them to hospital, where one died. There is chain of evidences on the incident. Nevertheless, we advised the family members to lodge complaint if they suspect any foul play”.
“However, for a fresh post mortem, they should approach court”, said the officer.
Nadia police superintendant Sheesh Ram Jhajharia said: “If the family members of deceased youth suspect anybody for his death, they should lodge specific complaint and we will investigate it”.
Sources at the Saktinagar district hospital, where the post mortem was done, confirmed that the youth died due to internal hemorrhage of brain. A doctor at Bogula hospital, where both the youth were taken first said: “The deceased youth had no major visible injury. He was unconscious and bleeding from nose only”.
Baharul Mandal, against whom the Sanat’s parents raising suspicion refused allegation of any foul play. “It was an accident. An autorickrhaw hit us suddenly in high speed. There was poor visibility and I could not see it properly”.