Kolkata: A day after two more arrests were made in the murder of Korban Shah at the boy’s hostel of NRS Hospital, sources said police were on the verge of solving the case. On Saturday, the hostel’s two canteen staff members — Kartick Mondal and Rabi Andia — were arrested. They were produced at the Sealdah Court on Sunday and sent in police custody till December 27.
The duo were summoned earlier in relation with the case. “After interrogating Jasimuddin some more names have been confirmed and these two are among them. There was a lot of discrepancy between what they had said earlier and what they said on Saturday night. Thus they were arrested,” said Dhrubojyoti Dey, DC (ESD). He also said there will be more arrests soon, including those of medical students of NRS. Officials said the involvement of medical students in the lynching was clear right from the start, however, action against them was delayed because of the non-cooperation of the hospital authorities. “The hospital authorities tried their best to keep the matter under wraps because of which we had to be very careful in our approach,” said a senior police official adding that about 10-12 students were involved in the murder and the case will soon be solved with their arrest.
Meanwhile, the victim’s wife said she was happy with the way police was working but she would be satisfied once all the offenders are arrested. “It has not been the work of one or two persons. My husband was killed by a big group and I would sleep in peace only after all those involved in the murder are arrested and put behind bars,” she said.
Police made their first arrest a month after the incident took place. The first year medical student Jasimuddin was sent in police custody till December 24 after his arrest late night on December 16. Sources said during questioning the student had revealed the names of other students and canteen staff members who will soon be summoned.
Korban Shah, a mason, was tied to a pillar and beaten to death allegedly by occupants of the hostel at NRS Hospital on November 16 as they suspected that he was a small time thief trying to lift mobile phones of students at the hostel. Those who had beaten him up were allegedly in an inebriated state after partying the night before.