BENGALURU: Ten years after an engineering student was thrown off the terrace of a three-storied building in KR Puram, sending him into a coma, two of his college mates — now software engineers — have been sentenced to seven years in jail for attempt to murder.
Souvik Chatterjee, who came out of coma nearly a year after the incident, recalled the events on recovery and led investigators to the culprits. A sketch of the scene of crime drawn by Chatterjee, now 29, proved crucial for the prosecution in nailing Shashank Das, 29, from Assam who works with a private bank in Delhi; and Jitendra Kumar Sahu, 32, of Odisha, who works with an IT major in Bengaluru.
Chatterjee has been bed-ridden after the attempt on his life and lives in Kolkata. Two unidentified locals who assisted in the crime are at large.
Das was Chatterjee’s classmate then while Sahu was a postgraduate student in an engineering college near KR Puram. Investigations revealed that Chatterjee, a third-semester BE student, was a close friend of Sonali (name changed), who studied at a women’s college on the same campus. Das too had a crush on Sonali. Chatterjee cut off ties with Das after the latter passed lewd remarks against his mother and Sonali.
An angry Das narrated the events to his friend Sahu. “Das called Chatterjee around 9am on December 6, 2010 and regretted his behaviour. Das asked Chatterjee to go up to his terrace. There, he was assaulted and thrown over by Das, Sahu and two unknown persons,” a police officer said. The incident occurred at Chatterjee’s rental house in Hirandahalli village near KR Puram.
Chatterjee sustained head injuries and slipped into coma. He was treated for over two months in a private hospital in Bengaluru and then shifted to Kolkata. He regained consciousness in August 2011 and in the months that followed, recalled what had happened to him. Avalahalli police registered a case of attempt to murder under IPC section 307 against Das and others on December 23, 2011 based on complaint sent by post by Sunil Chatterjee, Souvik’s father. Police arrested Das and Sahu in 2012 and they were given bail later.