NEW DELHI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has requested his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to transfer the investigation into the death of IIT-Kharagpur student Faizan Ahmed – born in Assam – to the CBI.

Two years after Faizan Ahmed’s half-decomposed body was found in a hostel on October 14, 2022, the latest forensic report claims that the 23-year-old mechanical engineering student was allegedly murdered.

In his letter to the Chief Minister on Monday, Sarma wrote that the case should be transferred to the CBI in the interest of justice, according to media reports reaching here on Tuesday.

Faizan’s parents have also raised questions about the nature of the investigation into the death and have approached the court.

In 2022, days before Faizan’s body was found, his family had said their son had been murdered. It was only after the second post-mortem was ordered by the Calcutta High Court and conducted at the Kolkata Police Mortuary on May 27, 2023 that it was revealed that the right temporal bone of Faizan’s skull was missing, and it matched the photos of the day that his body was found in a decomposed state.

The report ruled out poisoning, which was previously suspected in an earlier report.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered that Faizan’s body be exhumed from Dibrugarh to conduct forensic examination by a court-appointed expert, Dr Ajay Gupta, a retired professor of forensic medicine and technology. Dr. Gupta, tasked with examining Faizan’s post-mortem reports and determining the cause and manner of his death, found that there was a gunshot wound on the upper left side of Faizan’s neck and a stab wound on the right side of his neck.

“During the autopsy, we discovered that there were some holes in the ball of the skull, which was confirmed by the blood. Based on the presence of the findings, I concluded that it was due to massive bleeding leading to shock. It was antimortem murderous in nature. In all likelihood, sufficient injuries are caused to the upper part of the neck. They concluded from the second opinion that there was a contact shot over the front of the upper part of the north, under the left corner of the left lobe of the ear. Gunshots in this area amount to murder,” Dr. Gupta said in the media. (With PTI inputs)