Teenager killing: One arrested, tussle continues

Kolkata, Feb 17 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Political tussle between the Left and the Trinamool Congress continued in West Bengal on Thursday, even as a youth was arrested from the outskirts of Kolkata in the Rajib Das-killing incident.
Police said Chandan Roy was arrested in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Rajib Das on Monday who could have been saved if policemen guarding a senior district official’s house had rushed to his assistance.
Rajib had died trying to save his sister from a group of molesters at Barasat near here.
The arrested boy confessed to police that Rajiv was killed with a fruit knife, reports said. The police have launched a manhunt for two other miscreants, whose names Chandan is said to have revealed.
He is expected to be produced before court on Friday.
West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has called for ‘strongest possible action’ against the culprits, even as the ruling and the Opposition parties continued bashing each other up ahead of to gain pre-poll mileage.
The incident has turned into a political issue and evoked widespread condemnation because the victim was killed near the bungalow of the district magistrate with the guards standing as mute spectators.
On Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee  visited the residence of Rajib Das and faced local protest allegedly organized by the Trinamool Congress supporters.
Trinamool Congress leaders also visited the family and took on the ruling party over deteriorating law and order situation.
On Wednesday both the Trinamool Congress and communist party’s supporters tried to take control of the body of the boy before cremation.
The Chief Minister has ordered a CID probe into the incident after holding meetings with Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh, Home Secretary G D Gautama, Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee and Kolkata Police Commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty.
The incident has become a major embarrassment for the Left Front facing a tough election in May.
Rajib, son of a tea stall owner, was a candidate for this year’s Madhyamik (school final under West Bengal) and was working hard to study.
He was stabbed and punched to death after resisting drunken molestators of his sister Rinku whom he was escorting back home from railway station.
Her sister had rushed to the guards of the district magistrate for help but none helped the siblings.
The boy died in the R G Kar Hospital in Kolkata.

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