120 minutes of intense ragging in hostel room preceded Jadavpur University fresher’s death: Cops

KOLKATA: Police said on Saturday that Swapnadip Kundu, a first-year student at Jadavpur University, was subjected to nearly 120 minutes of intense ragging in a hostel room on Wednesday evening, shortly before he died after falling from the second-floor balcony of the Jadavpur University Main Hostel located outside the campus.
During the presentation of former JU mathematics postgraduate student Sourav Chowdhury in Alipore court, the police informed the judge that they have on record testimony from three dormitory inmates detailing the type of abuse Swapnadip endured just hours before his murder.

According to Lalbazar sources, the adolescent was subjected to “abusive and obscene comments, gestures, and actions” from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. He was confined to a room with numerous other people including Sourav. Investigators discovered conclusive evidence of ragging that lasted more than an hour, following which Swapnadip suffered severe mental anguish. Following that, a “counselling” session was planned for the 17-year-old, during which Sourav was once again present, according to the dormitory inmates.

A police team comprising officers from DD homicide section and Jadavpur division and led by DC (Jadavpur) Bidisha Kalita Dasgupta questioned several hostel inmates all through Friday and till 5am on Saturday. Sourav and a few others present at the hostel that night were allegedly not cooperating and trying to mislead the police.
“He (Sourav) was closely interrogated. He is making contradictory and inconsistent statements trying to distract the investigation,” the investigators told the court.

Cops are probing if Sourav had confiscated Swapnadip’s mobile, preventing him from contacting his parents. On Saturday, cops strongly opposed Sourav’s bail, arguing that there was every chance that he might “terrorize witnesses and tamper with evidence” and added that they needed to take him in custody to reconstruct the crime and fix role of other accused. “Statements of three students and hostel super have been recorded. The allegation is that the victim was pushed.
The motive should be known. We will take out the call list of the phone seized from the accused and examine it,” public prosecutor Sourin Ghosal said. The Alipore court sent Sourav to cop custody till August 22. Sourav’s lawyer, Arindam Das, claimed he was a victim of conspiracy. “Sourav and Manotosh Mondal helped Swapnadip get a room. Another student lived in the room.” While exiting court lock-up, Sourav shouted, “I am innocent.”

The motive should be known. We will take out the call list of the phone seized from the accused and examine it,” public prosecutor Sourin Ghosal said. The Alipore court sent Sourav to cop custody till August 22. Sourav’s lawyer, Arindam Das, claimed he was a victim of conspiracy. “Sourav and Manotosh Mondal helped Swapnadip get a room. Another student lived in the room.” While exiting court lock-up, Sourav shouted, “I am innocent.”

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