Opp hails court order for CBI investigation into Rehman's death

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Kolkata, Oct 16(UNI) The opposition in West Bengal today hailed the court order for a CBI investigation into the death of Rizwanur Rehman, while smaller partners of the ruling Left Front decided to demand removal of the police officers who had allegedly threatened the young graphic designer.

Leading the chorus that welcomed the Calcutta High Court order, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee demanded resignation of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

'' This order is a victory of the people. The Chief Minister should step down if he has any feeling of shame,'' she said.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by Rizwanur's mother Kishwar Jahan, who pleaded that only a CBI inquiry could unravel the mystery behind her son's death.

The state Government, which had ordered a judicial as well as a CID inquiry, opposed the petition in the court.

Pradesh Congress Committee Working President Pradip Bhattacharjee said the court order virtually honoured the demand of the people, who had no faith in the administration and police.

Commenting on the development, Rizwanur's mother observed that the court order was a step forward to ensuring justice to the bereaved family while Rukbanur, her elder son, hoped that the CBI would unravel the mystery.

Meanwhile, Water Investigation Minister Nandagopal Bhattacharyay said the police officers named in the harassment and threatenings to Rizwanur should be removed from their posts to ensure an impartial investigation.

'' Even in the case of a CBI probe, they should not be retained in their present posts. This cannot ensure an impartial investigation.

They should be either removed or they themselves should step aside,'' he said.

Mr Bhattacharya, a CPI leader and PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami, representing the RSP, among others in the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee- cabinet, had earlier also demanded for removal of the four police officers, including two in the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

Mr Bhattacharjee today said the smaller partners of the ruling coalition would formally record their demand in tomorrow's Left Front meeting.

While the Chief Minister, who was away from the city, could not be contacted for his comments, Left Front Committee Chairman and CPI(M) state Secretary Biman Basu refused to say anything.

However, in a scathing remark, Transport Minister Subhash Chakraborty said the court had no jurisdiction to pass such an order without the state's consent.

CPI(M) state Secretariat member Shyamal Chakraborty also observed that asking for probes by the central agency into all cases amounted to reducing the state's intelligence department into insignificance.

UNI

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