Kurseong, 25th February: An atmosphere of grief engulfed the Dudhi area after the death of a 21-year-old in an accident. Locals alleged that the youth was murdered.
As per the sources, Saurav Thami, the youngest son of Buddhiman Thami, left his house on his scooty (two-wheeler) on February 21 evening. On February 23, Buddhiman Thami received a call from the Garidhura Police Station, at around 11 pm, informing him that his son died in an accident and his body was kept in the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The family stated that Saurav's body had already been postmortemed by the time they reached the hospital. They allege that Saurav's body had no sign of deep cuts or bruises and his scooty also had slight scratches. This raised several questions among the family members. They alleged that Saurav did not die in an accident but was murdered and accused the police of trying to hide the truth from them.
According to Saurav's family members, the Bagdogra Police Station ASI Prahlad Sinha told them that during a Mobile-Van Duty at night, the police were informed regarding an unidentified body lying unattended near the Ayyappa Mandir in Gosaipur near Bagdogra by the locals. A team of police was sent to the spot immediately and the body was recovered in the wee hours of February 22. The body was then sent to the NBMCH and all the police stations were commanded to look for the family of the deceased.
The family has filed an FIR at the Garidhura Police Station to deliver the truth and justice to Saurav as they strongly believe that the youth was murdered. Tension prevailed before the cremation of Saurav's body on Monday too. After Garidhura Police Station OC Sudeep Kumar Biswas assured the mourning family to investigate into the matter in-depth, the youth's body was cremated. Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Chettri has also appealed to the police to look into the matter.