‘No faith’ in Rajasthan, Afrazul Khan’s family to move rights panel for Bengal trial
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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Senior politician Basavaraj Horatti, who recently resigned as the Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council and MLC, on Wednesday joined the BJP. He joined the party in the presence of C C Patil among others, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, BJP national General Secretary C T Ravi, Ministers R Ashoka, Govind Karjol, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. He is likely to be fielded as the BJP's candidate for the upcoming MLC polls from West Teachers' constituency.
In a suspected case of suicide, a 32-year-old IT professional was found dead inside his rented apartment in a group housing society here, police said on Wednesday. The body was found hanging from a rope inside the fourth-floor apartment of the society in Sector 74, under Sector 113 police station limits, on Tuesday night, officials said.
The elephants are allowed to bathe twice a day, which often goes up to three times during severe heatwave. Their day goes by rolling in the mud pond and bath pond. And the time to leave from here is decided only at their own will. Visitors can often spot the white tigress, Rani, lounging in the open. And whenever in her enclosure, she too gets coolers to keep her cool.
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