The 12th judge of the city sessions court on Monday framed charges against the five accused constables of the reserve force in the Bapi Sen murder case. The court approved the version of the chargesheet filed by the detective department — the agency that probed the incident — initiating the case with murder charges against the accused — Madhusudan Chakraborty, Pijush Goswami, Sridam Barui, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Shekhar Bhushan Mitra.
Justice Basudeb Majumdar announced that the trial will resume on June 10 and the recording of the deposition by witnesses will be completed within August 8. “The accused will be prosecuted under Section 302 of the IPC,” the judge said.
Bapi, a sergeant of the Tollygunge traffic guard, was beaten to death on the night of December 31 by colleagues when he protested their molestation of a woman riding pillion on a motorcycle. Bapi, who was in a Maruti van with friends, caught the five accused, who were in a taxi, in the act near Hind cinema, on Nirmal Chandra Chunder Street.
As he got out of his van and tried to intervene, all five men beat Bapi with iron rods and beer bottles. Bapi was taken to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. The next day, he was shifted to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute, where he died after five days. Police failed to trace the woman who was molested. Bapi’s wife, Soma has passed the police interview but is yet to be recruited.