Sudipto Gupta, a leader of the CPIM Student wing the Student Federation of India was beaten to death in police custody in Kolkata on Tuesday 2 April 2013.

The Association of Indian Communists and the Indian Workers’ Association GB condemn this brutal attack that has claimed the life of the young student leader. We express our solidarity and share the grief with the family of Sudipto Gupta, the Student Federation of India and the CPI M in mourning this tragic loss.The CPIM polit bureau has condemned the killing of the 22 year old Sudipto. The PB has called for a judicial probe and the left in West Bengal has called for 15 minute road blocks along with a 12 hour strike in the state in protest.

Comrade Sitaram Yechury has issued the following statement on behalf of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist):

“The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the killing of a student leader, Sudipta Gupta, under police custody, in Kolkata. Along with a large number of students, Sudipta, a leader of the Students Federation of India, was protesting demanding holding of college union elections in the state, which the Trinamul Congress state government has been thwarting. The protest action took place with prior police permission. When the students were arrested and were under police custody, Sudipta was killed.

The explanation given by the Kolkata Police is totally incredulous. It is necessary to have a judicial enquiry into the incident. The state government must take the full responsibility for such a sorry state of law and order where even peaceful exercise of basic democratic rights is not being tolerated. “

The Student’s Federation of India leader was cremated last night as thousands in Kolkata poured out on the streets to grieve. An autopsy report released yesterday said that Mr Gupta had a broken jaw and fractures on his head, as well as injury marks all over his body and that all the injuries were sustained before his death.

Sudipto Gupta

The father of student leader Sudipto Gupta, who died soon after he was arrested by the police during a student demonstration in Kolkata on Tuesday, today met West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan.Accompanied by CPM leader Surya Kanta Mishra, Mr Pranab Kumar Gupta and Sudipto’s sister Sumita Sengupta met the Governor to seek justice for his son.

Sudipto, a member of the CPM’s student wing, was arrested while protesting with other activists against Ms Banerjee’s government for delaying college elections.Sudipto’s colleagues say he was beaten mercilessly on his head.The police says that while the students were being taken to prison, Mr Gupta fell out of a bus, hit his head on a lamp-post and died hours later in hospital. His death triggered massive protests in Kolkata.In an attempt to cover up the killing a local bus driver was arrested by the police alleging a fall from a bus and reckless driving by the bewildered driver.

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress, said yesterday that young activist’s death was a “petty matter” and no reason for students to protest over. Her remarks have further angered the people of West Bengal, particularly the student community. More protests are likely to follow in the days ahead.

The left in Britain will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of West Bengal in challenging the tyranny of the TMC that has already claimed hundreds of lives. We endorse the call for a judicial enquiry to fully probe this brutal killing.

Harsev Bains
National General secretary
IWA GB