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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 26 August: A delegation of state Congress leaders, minus Pradesh Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, called on the Governor on Wednesday and demanded a CBI investigation into the early August murder of a student activist at Sabang College in West Midnapore.

The delegation that went to Raj Bhavan around 11 am included senior leaders Somen Mitra, Gyan Singh Sohanpal, Abdul Manna, Md Shorab and Manas Bhuniya. But the Pradesh Congress president’s conspicuous absence has once again brought to fore his growing rift with a large section of the senior leaders, especially with Mr Bhuniya and Mr Mannan.

Emerging out of the meeting with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Mr Mitra said that they have demanded a CBI probe as they do not have faith in the investigation being conducted by the state police.

“The police super of West Midanpore, Bharati Ghosh, is guiding the probe in a shoddy and biased manner. The police are more active to suppress true facts and Congress’ student activists are being falsely implicated for the murder of their fellow activist. Under such circumstances, only a CBI probe can unravel the truth, we have told the Governor,” he said

Krishnapada Jana, an activist of the Congress’ student wing Chhatra Parishad, died in early August after being attacked by a group of youths inside Sabang College campus.

Congress has all along been alleging that the rival Trinammol Congress Chhatra Parishad workers have killed Jana. The party had in fact organised a 12-hour shutdown in Bengal on 18 August against the killing and the overall lawlessness in the state under Trinamool Congress rule.

But contrary to the allegations, the police have so far arrested two Congress student activists on charges of being involved in the case.