‘No faith’ in Rajasthan, Afrazul Khan’s family to move rights panel for Bengal trial

The murder victim’s family believes that he will not receive a fair trial in Rajasthan, and fears attacks if they go there for the proceedings.
Trinamool MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar speaks to the wife of the victim. (Picture courtesy: Rahul Mondal)
Trinamool MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar speaks to the wife of the victim. (Picture courtesy: Rahul Mondal)
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 08:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Behrampore | BySreyasi Pal

The family members of Afrazul Khan, a migrant construction worker killed in Rajasthan earlier this month, will approach the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) with a request that the murder trial be moved to West Bengal.

Rajasthan police have already arrested Khan’s alleged murderer, Shambhu Lal Regar, and a nephew who allegedly recorded the crime on his mobile phone.

“Afrazul’s family believes that the deceased will not receive a fair trial in Rajasthan. His wife and daughters also fear attacks if they go there for the proceedings,” said Asit Basu, special committee member of the West Bengal bar council.

Basu, who will file the petition, said the victim’s relatives are already receiving threat calls to withdraw the case. “Some callers even offered money. We fear that Afrazul’s family will not receive proper security from the Rajasthan government and police. The appeal mentions these points,” he said, citing the shifting of the Best Bakery case from Gujarat to Bombay on the petitioner’s appeal as a precedent.

Afrazul’s wife, Gulbahar Bewa, reiterated that a fair trial was not possible in Rajasthan. “The state government failed to provide security to my innocent husband. I don’t believe that the same government will give us security and conduct a fair trial,” she said.

Basu, a former chairman of the state bar council, is likely to submit the appeal to the West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Friday evening. It will then be sent to the NHRC.

The law expert told HT that he is also exploring the possibility of filing a public interest litigation on the brutal murder. Several senior lawyers are ready to take up the case on the victim’s behalf, he added.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has already offered a job to a member of Khan’s family, besides a one-time cash compensation of Rs 3 lakh.

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