Rizwanur's death

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Kolkata, Oct 16 (UNI) The West Bengal Government today said it was poised to take action against the erring police officers for harassing and threatening Rizwanur Rehman, indicating that the state was ready to hand over to CBI the investigation into the graphic designer's suspicous death.

''Some movements are on cards. Action is sure to be taken against those police officers,'' Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray told reporters.

His statement came shortly after the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI inquiry into Rizwanur's death and described the ongoing CID probe as ''illegal''.

The Home Secretary, who did not specify any timeframe, however, said taking action against the police officers had nothing to do with the court order.

The family of Rizwanur, whose death following an inter religious marriage whipped up the allegation of a foul play, named at least five police officers, as being involved in pressurising the youth for parting with his wife.

The officers included DC (Headquarters) Gyanwant Singh, DC DD(1) Ajay Kumar and Assistant Police Commissioner Sukanti Chakrabroty.

Rizwanur had married Priyanka, the daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi, leading to a family tumult.

To a question, Mr Ray said the Government was left with the option of either to go for an appeal or to accept the court order for a CBI probe.

''While making an appeal is a political decision, we have to hand over the case to the CBI if the order stipulates so. Investitation by both the CID and the CBI cannot run in parallel,'' he said.

The Government was yet to receive the copy of the court order, the Home Secretary informed.

He said the findings of CID, which was inquiring Rizwanur's death, would be received before October 18, even if the viscera report was not available.


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