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Rights panel summons five officers

india Updated: Oct 13, 2007 04:56 IST
Tanmay Chatterjee

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Friday summoned five police officers in connection with the mysterious death of Muslim computer graphics designer Rizwanur Rehman.

The Commission, however, did not call the Kolkata police chief to appear before it.

The five police officers summoned were Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) Gyanwant Singh, deputy commissioner (detective department-1) Ajoy Kumar, assistant commissioner (anti-rowdy section, detective department) Sukanti Chakraborty, and sub-inspector (anti-rowdy section, detective department) Krishnendu Das, who had allegedly threatened Rizwanur to leave his Hindu wife Priyanka.

Karaya police station officer-in-charge Swapan Mitra, where Rizwanur’s family had filed a complaint after his death, was also asked to appear before the panel.

Refusing to give in to popular demand, the state government decided not to take action against police officers, accused of harassing Rizwanur, till the judicial inquiry was on.

At the CPM state secretariat meeting in the morning, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told party colleagues, in the presence of Jyoti Basu, that he had gone back on his decision to remove the two officers after consulting Advocate General Balai Roy.

Speaking to reporters, Jyoti Basu said he wondered why Rizwanur’s death was still shrouded in mystery.

“I was told there was an injury at the back of the head. The viscera report hasn’t arrived. Now I am being told the body may be exhumed.”

The chief minister told reporters that he was willing to meet Rizwanur’s mother and a meeting had been fixed on October 10.

However, Rizwanur’s brother Rukbanur said his mother would not go anywhere to meet Bhattacharjee.