The post-mortem of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal youth leader who was found hanging in a room of a railway quarter was ordered by the Calcutta High Court on Friday.
A bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj ordered the formation of a post-mortem team, as well as the presence of the Head of Forensic Science and the Chief Judicial Magistrate.
“For the purpose of the said post-mortem, the Head of the Command Hospital will form a team of experts, and at the time of post-mortem, experts from AIIMS, Kalyani, as well as the Head of the Department of Forensic Science, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, can remain present.”
The incident originated from the death of Arjun Chaurasia, 27 years, vice-president of the Yuva Morcha of Kashipur, who was discovered hanging
According to the petitioners, it was a case of murder disguised as a suicide. The petitioners claimed that the incident was caused by hooligans affiliated with the opposing party. There were also allegations that the police were pressuring the deceased’s family and that atrocities were carried out at the request of a member of the ruling party’s legislative assembly.
They were concerned that the post-mortem would not be conducted properly, and that attempts would be made to destroy the evidence.
“In light of the circumstances that have been disclosed to us, we believe that the postmortem of deceased Arjun Chaurasia’s body should be performed at the Command Hospital.”
The mysterious death of the BJP youth wing leader sparked a new row in West Bengal, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah visiting the deceased’s home, calling it a political murder and pledging that the party would seek a CBI investigation.
Amit Shah, who was in West Bengal for a two-day visit, said the Home Ministry had requested a report on the incident from the West Bengal government. The BJP supporters and the police got into a fight, and it took the cops several hours to recover the body and send it for a post-mortem.
After meeting with the youth leader’s family, the Home Minister claimed that the body was taken from them forcibly and that his grandmother was roughed up. In no other state in the country, according to the Union Home Minister, has the High Court handed over as many investigations from the State Police to the CBI as Bengal has in just one year.
The feet were touching the ground when the body was discovered, according to BJP leaders, and it could not be suicide.
The Commissioner of Police in Kolkata was asked to make sure the body was safely transported from the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital to the Command Hospital. The post-mortem was to be completed as quickly as possible.
The court ordered the commissioner to ensure that the deceased’s family received adequate police protection.
The matter was adjourned to 10 May with these instructions.