The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
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.