West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was busy enjoying herself at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) as a college student lay dying in police custody, Biman Bose, state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said here on Wednesday.

 “She [Ms. Banerjee] was busy at the inauguration of a cultural event. While she was watching the cultural extravaganza and enjoying herself, one of our student leaders died in police custody,” Mr. Bose told journalists describing the events of Tuesday evening when Students Federation of India (SFI) leader Sudipta Gupta succumbed to injuries sustained after he courted arrest at a demonstration in the city.

 After visiting the hospital on Wednesday morning, Ms. Banerjee said that Sudipta’s death was “unfortunate” hinting that it had been caused by “dangerous lamp posts.”

 Mr. Bose said that Ms. Banerjee visit was an attempt to “salvage” the situation that her absence on Tuesday had created. Nevertheless, the gesture was appreciated, he said, “but her comments were in bad taste.”

 He condemned the attempts made to cover up the custodial death as an “accident” and the comments made by the Chief Minister earlier in the day.

‘Demands probe’

 “After the comments made by the Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister , what is the scope for a proper investigations. We are sure that a Departmental inquiry will not reveal anything; only what the Chief Minister has said will be written up in the report,” Mr. Bose said demanding a judicial inquiry into the incident.