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Priyanka Todi's kin to be booked

CBI sources say evidences suggest that someone had forced the Muslim youth to take the extreme step.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2007 18:51 IST

The mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman in Kolkata may turn out to be a suicide case as the CBI is likely to charge a close relative of his wife, Priyanka, with abetment to it besides recommending departmental action against some Kolkata police officials.

As the probe into the death of Rehman, a computer graphics teacher, was reaching its final stage, CBI sources claimed that it looked like a case of suicide and someone had definitely forced him to take this extreme step.

Without naming the person, the CBI said it had zeroed down on a "close" relative of Priyanka, with whom the victim had tied a nupital knot. The agency would be pressing abetment to suicide case against the relative.

There have been clear indications that this relative of the girl had allegedly used pressure tactics to drive Rehman to such a stage where he took the extreme step of committing suicide.

Last month, the CBI had registered a case against the industrialist father-in-law of Rehman, Ashok Todi, and others under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code.

The CBI checked the call records and examined all the family members of the victim as well as Priyanka, including Todi, during its month-long investigations.

Besides the friends of the deceased, the police officials who allegedly had "pressurised" Rehman and Priyanka to separate, were also examined. The CBI sources said the agency would recommend Regular Departmental Action (RDA) against at least two Kolkata cops for alleged intimidation at the behest of the girl's influential family.

The CBI has formed a special team, headed by a Joint Director, which was mandated to go into the circumstances leading to how Rehman met his end.

The Calcutta High Court had directed the CBI to go into the circumstances of the unnatural death of the youth whose body was found on the rail tracks near Dum Dum on September 21.

Rehman's mother Kishwar Jahan and elder brother Rukbanur had moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into his death, claiming they did not have faith in any probe conducted by any state agency.

Senior CBI officials said the prime aim of the agency was to comply with the High Court order "in the cause of justice and complete the investigation in the quickest, transparent and objective manner".

Rehman's death, following his marriage to Priyanka on August 18, had sparked a national outcry. A medical board set up to examine the postmortem report of Rehman had said it is unable to ascertain whether it was a case of suicide, murder or homicide.

The nature of injuries did suggest that the death of the computer graphics teacher was because of them but were unable to reach at any conclusion whether the injuries were due to an attempt of suicide, homicide or murder, sources in the CBI said.