Police remand for accused in Barasat eve teasing incident

Barasat (WB): An accused in the murder of 16-year-old Rajib Das who was trying to save his sister from being molested by drunken youths was remanded to police custody for 14 days by a court in North 24 Parganas district on Friday.

No lawyer appeared for Chandan Roy who was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate of Barasat, Sumitra Roy, while various organisations staged protests outside the court during the day against the Monday night incident.

Lawyers practising in the court had earlier decided that they would not represent Roy.

Apprehending protests, police had taken Roy to court at 7 AM, police sources said.

Roy was arrested from his hide-out at Habra in North 24-Parganas district yesterday. He had been arrested earlier on charges of robbery and drug peddling.

It is alleged that Roy is one of the three drunken youths who had stabbed to death Rajib Das who tried to resist their bid to molest his elder sister Rinku in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in a VIP zone in this district headquarter town.

Residences of the district magistrate, superintendent of police and additional superintendent of police were close to the spot where Rajib was attacked.

The youth, who was due to appear in this year's secondary examination, was repeatedly kicked and punched before being stabbed. Rinku had pleaded with the policemen guarding the VIP residences to help save his brother from the goons but none came forward.

Rajib was left bleeding on the street at a spot, 400 metres away from the DM's bungalow. He was first taken to Barasat Hospital by passers-by and was later shifted to R G Kar Hospital in Kolkata where he died.

Faced with a massive public outcry, the state government had asked the state CID to probe Rajib's killing. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and other political leaders visited Rajib's house.