“Brutal,” exclaimed a poster that accompanied the body of 23-year-old Students Federation of India (SFI) leader Sudipta Gupta, who died in police custody as the city witnessed a massive outpouring of grief and outrage on the streets here on Wednesday, a day after the tragedy. Huge crowds had gathered at every halt in the over six-hour-long procession that accompanied the body of Gupta from the city’s SSKM Hospital to the cremation ground.
The Left has sought a judicial inquiry into the incident, but Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien already stoked a controversy when he claimed that from the CCTV footage it appeared to be an “accident.”
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