The kin of a Jammu Tawi-based Border Security Force constable has accused his seniors of detaining him in southern Assam on a fabricated rape charge for refusing to fudge medical reports.
In a letter to Defence minister AK Antony and Home minister P Chidambaram, Faridabad-based Sunita Bhat has sought "speedy and fair trial" of her younger brother Raju Raina, a constable of BSF's 136 Battalion. "Your intervention on humanitarian ground will save his life," she urged.
Raina was working as a lab technician at the BSF's Masimpur camp in Silchar when he was arrested on May 15 last year for attempting to rape the minor daughter of a fellow constable.
"My brother has been falsely implicated by his immediate seniors after he refused to fudge certain medical reports for them," said Bhat, adding Raina was on duty on the day of his arrest soon after collecting samples from the IG for medical tests.
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.
"Our parents have been forced to stay in Assam for months without knowing how he is. Two officers have vowed to get him eliminated and continue to punish and torture him. There is considerable delay in his trial, and we fear they will not rest until the ruin his life," she added.
According to Raina's kin, the officer of the police station concerned said the BSF commandant concerned 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 victimized. "He is under detention and an inquiry is on at the commandant level," said DIG A K 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".