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Rizwanur case; CBI grills Priyanka’s uncle

CBI interrogates Ashok Todi’s brother Pradip Todi, whose involvement was alleged in Rizwanur’s death, reports Sujit Nath.
Hindustan Times | By Sujit Nath, Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2007 01:56 AM IST

The CBI on Monday said it has sent Rizwanur Rehman's post-mortem report for re-examination to forensic science experts at AIIMS.

"We want to be doubly sure about the report," a CBI officer said. The AIIMS review would determine if the CBI should conduct a second post-mortem on Rizwanur's body, which will then have to be exhumed.

Rizwanur, 27, who had married Priyanka Todi, the daughter of businessman Ashok Todi, on August 18 against the wishes of her father, was found dead on September 21 beside a railway track.

The CBI interrogated Ashok Todi’s brother Pradip Todi, whose involvement was alleged in Rizwanur’s death.

Pradip was called to the CBI office at the CGO Complex in Salt Lake at 12.40 pm. He was grilled for more than an hour by a team led by CBI joint director Arun Kumar.

Speaking for the first time after Rizwanur's death, Pradip said he wanted media support.

"We are innocent. Very soon we will come up with a media statement," he said. He clarified that Ashok and Priyanka are at their Salt Lake residence. "Since Priyanka's father was ill, we didn't send her to Rizwanur's house after seven days," he told the CBI.

Todi was also questioned about his relations with senior IPS officers and the pressures they applied to separate the couple.

Kumar said the CBI formed four teams for the probe. "While some of them went to spot where Rizwanur died, others interrogated his former girlfriend Pompi. Another group interrogated the five uncles of Rukbanur and his friend Rehan Alam," a CBI official said.

A two-member CBI team spoke to Rizwanur's students and colleagues at Arena Multimedia. He had met Priyanka as his student there.

The state government has handed over all documents collected by the CID to the CBI. "But the statements of interrogation of the 83 persons will not be given as the high court had said the CID enquiry as illegal," state Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said.

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