The scathing indictment of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the Calcutta High Court order in the cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal was based primarily on the brutal murder of BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar. The court explained why it had to order a second autopsy of the body after the police and state administration kept declining the pleas of his family.
The high court has directed the state administration to hand over the second autopsy report and DNA report of Sarkar to the CBI. The BJP worker, who was also the vice-president of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Trade Union Council, was lynched in Narkeldanga, Kolkata, on 2 May, the day election results were declared and this seat was won by the Trinamool Congress.
The brutual murder found a mention in the NHRC’s interim report too. It said Sarkar’s body was lying in the mortuary as the family was demanding a second autopsy, but the police and the Bengal administration refused to oblige.
“His brother had to approach this court for conducting a second autopsy, which was allowed and it was conducted from Command Hospital, Kolkata, as the victim was not having faith in the government machinery,” the court order stated.
The Calcutta High Court ordered that the autopsy report shall specifically mention “about the condition of the body as to whether it was properly preserved in the hospital where it was”.
Sarkar’s DNA test report was later submitted to the court in a sealed cover along with another envelope containing a certificate under Section 65-B of the Evidence Act with reference to the video recording of the autopsy. The court ordered both documents to be kept in safe custody with the Registrar General.
“The sealed cover submitted by the committee along with its report, second autopsy report of Abhijit Sarkar, DNA analysis report as submitted by the Director Command Hospital, Kolkata, and any other sealed cover pertaining to the case, lying with the Registrar General of this court shall be handed over to the authorised officer of the CBI against proper receipt,” the HC said.