The Border Security Force constable’s family has accused his seniors of detaining him in southern Assam on a fabricated rape charge for refusing to fudge medical reports.
Raju Raina, who was working as a lab technician at the BSF’s Masimpur camp in Silchar, was arrested on May 15 last year for allegedly raping his colleague’s minor daughter in Karimganj district.
Raina allegedly lured his next door neighbour’s daughter when she was playing and raped her in his house at Masimpur BSF camp on May 14.
In a letter to defence minister AK Antony and home
minister P Chidambaram, Raina’s sister Sunita Bhat, who resides in Faridabad, sought their intervention and urged for a “speedy and fair trial” of her brother.
“My brother has been falsely implicated by his immediate seniors after he refused to fudge certain medical reports for them,” said Bhat.
Raina, a constable of BSF’s 136 Battalion, was on duty collecting samples for medical tests on the day of his arrest, she added.
An FIR was lodged against Raina at the local police station on May 21, but he has been in detention at the BSF’s Masimpur camp since May 15.
“He has been suspended and ordered not to leave headquarters besides being denied contact with his family till October,” Bhat said.
Raina’s parents have been staying in Assam for months without any information on his condition, she said.
“There is considerable delay in his trial, and we fear the officers will not rest until they ruin his life,” she added.
According to Raina’s kin, the officer of the police station concerned said the BSF commandant had forced them to register the FIR against the lab technician.
Two civilian witnesses to Raina’s ‘crime’, they said, have been gagged. BSF officials at Masimpur denied Raina was being victimised.
“He is under detention and an inquiry is on at the commandant level,” said deputy IGP AK Sharma.
“Had we wanted to implicate him in a false case, we could have kept him in confinement on charges of misbehaving with seniors,” said another senior officer, adding Raina’s was a civil case and “the law will take its own course.”