A single judge bench of Calcutta High Court recently directed the state government to release a compensation of Rs 1 crore to Mohibul Islam, a resident of Murshidabad’s Raninagar, who had lost his wife and unborn child on the way to the hospital in 2002 due to police high-handedness.
Sources add that the government has been instructed to pay this amount to the petitioner within a month.
Islam had approached the high court after getting an interim compensation from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission for the violation of human rights and had even been given a cheque on behalf of the government.
But, sources add, that Islam had been waiting for the final compensation. With the commission not responding, he gave a petition to the home secretary on April 22, 2013, asking that he given a final compensation of Rs 1 crore.
When the government failed to respond, he approached the high court.
Justice Dipankar Dutta then issued notices to the state and the other parties to appear in the case but with the respondents failing to do so, he ordered the home secretary to carry out the petitioner’s request.
When contacted, the petitioner’s advocate, Jiaul Islam, confirmed that the high court had given the order and asked the state to carry it out within one month.
Sources added that Islam, a resident of Raninagar’s Ghoshpara, had been on his way to the hospital with his wife, Hasina Bibi, on November 18, 2002 after she delivered the first of their twins at home.
Owing to medical complications, the second child could not be delivered. The couple, who was travelling in a Maruti car, was, however, given chase and then detained by Raninagar police who took the vehicle to the police station, suspecting the passengers of smuggling gold biscuits.
Constable Ashrof and subinspector Pasupati Sarkar detained the vehicle, which was not released until the next morning, even as Hasina Bibi spent the night on the verandah of the police station.
Nothing incriminating was found in the vehicle though.
The next morning Hasina Bibi was shifted to a hospital where she gave birth to a stillborn baby girl and died after that. When Islam came home, his other daughter had also died.