Gangtok: The family of 22-year-old Padam Gurung, whose lifeless body was found in a drain near a pub in Namchi’s Kazitar area, believes foul play was involved. The student leader’s death, occurring just days before the annual college fest, has raised suspicions among students and family members. Alleging a planned murder rather than an accident, they question the initial accounts provided by Padam’s friends. The Sikkim Police has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to delve into the circumstances surrounding his tragic demise.
Family Demands Justice and Highlights Inconsistencies
Padam Gurung’s brother, Prem Gurung, asserts that the incident appears to be a case of murder, challenging the narrative that Padam accidentally fell into the drain. He questions the actions of Padam’s friends who were with him that night, noting their absence when the family arrived at the scene. Prem Gurung also highlights discrepancies in the CCTV footage, indicating that the body was not initially found despite search operations. The family urges the police to summon the deceased brother’s friends for interrogation, as they may hold key information.
Suspected Involvement of Unidentified Girls and Threats
According to CCTV footage, Padam Gurung was accompanied by four friends and three unidentified girls, who fled the scene after the incident. Prem Gurung has provided the police with photos and phone numbers of the girls, leading to their summoning for interrogation. The family also reveals that Padam had called two of his friends shortly before the time mentioned by the police, casting further doubt on the official timeline. Additionally, Padam’s brother claims that his brother had been facing harassment and threats from fellow college students prior to his demise, and the college principal was informed but allegedly failed to take appropriate action.
Post Mortem Report and Formation of Special Investigation Team
The post-mortem report indicates that Padam had water in his lungs and sand particles, suggesting drowning. His body displayed 18 injury marks, with evidence suggesting he was struck with a rod or a brass knuckle. Responding to the case, the Sikkim Police has established a special investigation team (SIT) to thoroughly examine the death of the student leader. Namchi Superintendent of Police Manish Verma assures that no stone will be left unturned in the investigation.
As the investigation proceeds, the family and the public eagerly await answers surrounding Padam Gurung’s tragic death. The formation of the SIT demonstrates the authorities’ commitment to uncovering the truth and providing justice for the bereaved family.
Gangtokian Web Team, 06/07/23