Kolkata: In the latest developments concerning the mob-lynching of an ITI student allegedly accused of cattle theft in Kolkata, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken the case under its wings, as per sources.

A team of CID officials visited the victim’s residence on Saturday. Following the arrest of local Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Tapas Mallick, this mob-lynching case of ITI student Kaushik Purkait will now be handled by the CID.

An interrogation of the prime suspect, Tapas Mallick, was also done today. NewsX sources confirmed that Tapas Mallick has denied all allegations levied against him.

A primary investigation revealed that the TMC leader had went absconding for more than 36 hours with the suspected assistance of some top TMC leader who facilitated Tapas’ escape. Sources also confirmed that Tapas was assured full safety by top TMC leaders.

After he went absconding, Tapas was advised to change his SIM card and borrow a new SIM card on a different to be in connectivity with the development of the case.

After Saturday’s interrogation, Tapas Mallick is likely to be taken to the CID headquarters for further rounds of questioning pertaining to the case.

However, when told about this latest development, Purkait’s family said that they have dim hope of the case being solved as the CID is a state apparatus. The family of the deceased student is demanding a transparent CBI inquiry in the case.

Kaushik Purkait was captured by a mob and severely beaten up solely due to the suspicion that he had stolen a buffalo. Kaushik’s family who saw Kaushik lying in a pool of blood tried to take their son to the hospital, but the mob denied emergency treatment to the student on the basis that a certain amount be compensated by the family for the ‘stolen’ buffalo.   

Kaushik later died at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.