Bengal CM orders CID probe into Rizwan's death

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Kolkata, Sep 24 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today ordered a CID inquiry into the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman, whose inter-religious marriage to an industrialist's daughter led to family furore and a tragic end whipping up allegation of foul play.

''The Government has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident. The probe would look into the circumstances and the causes of the death.

The CID has been asked to submit its report early,'' Mr Bhattacharjee told reporters.

The body of Rizwan, a graphic designer, was found beside railway tracks on the northern fringe of the city last Friday hours before he was to meet a Human Rights Organisation with the 'proofs' of threats he had been receiving from a few high police officials and his in-laws demanding that the bride Priyanka be sent back to her parents.

The incident took place days after Rizwan's wife, who had been residing with him for more than three weeks, was taken back home by her relatives with an undertaking before police that she would be returned in seven days.

However, she was not allegedly allowed to go back to her husband.

It was also alleged by Rizwan's family and friends that the 30-year-old had been murdered and efforts were on in connivance with the police to hush up the case.

His death, described by the police as a prima facie case of suicide, triggered violence in the city's Park Circus area on Saturday last as locals blocked all roads and went for a showdown with the law keepers, hurling stones and lighting up a police vehicle.

Rizwan's family also alleged that the couple had been under tremendous pressure from the industrialist and his men ever since the marriage on August 31. Feeling unsafe, they had sought police protection, which allegedly went abegging.

Though admitting that both the boy and the girl were adults in order to marry persons of their choice, Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee yesterday denied any role of any member of his force in the episode, except for calling the couple once at the city police headquarters on the basis of a complaint of kidnapping lodged by Priyanka's father.

However, the incident assumed a political overtone with Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee and other opposition leaders holding the administration responsible for the incident and demanding a CBI probe.


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