Two police officers removed in Rizwanur case

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Kolkata, Oct 05: In a major political spin-off to Rizwanur Rehman's mysterious death, the West Bengal government has removed two police officers following mounting controversy over the allegation of a foul play.

''Two police officers have been removed,'' Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu told reporters after coming out of the CPI(M) state committee meeting today. However, he did not specify any name.

In reply to a question, he said there was a case in the Calcutta High Court today over Rizwanur's death and the state government was looking for its outcome.

He also said Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, who was also in charge of the Home department, was looking into the matter and indicated that the police commissioner was under the scanner of the government.

''The statement issued by the commissioner defending police intervention into the marriage of the two adult youth was not warranted. He made a very bad statement,'' Mr Basu said.

The nonagenarian leader's statement came in the wake of allegation from the family of Rizwanur, a 30-year-old graphic designer, that he had been threatened by the high officials of Kolkata Police to breakaway from his marriage with Priyanka, daughter of city-based industrialist Ashok Todi.

Rizwanur's family had named two police officers in the rank of deputy commissioner as being involved in the threatening, while two of their subordinates admitted to CID for having summoned Rizwanur to the city police head quarter for the purpose of grilling following a complaint of kidnapping lodged by Mr Todi.

The body of the youth, whose inter-religious marriage created a bad blood with his in-laws family, was found beside a railway track in North Kolkata on September 21, days after he was allegedly forced to part with his wife under pressure of police at the instance of Mr Todi.

Rizwanur's family alleged that he had been killed though police described it as a prima facie case of suicide.

Even as the chief minister had already ordered a CID as well as a judicial inquiry into the incident, Rizwanur's family, demanding a CBI probe, had filed a case in the High Court challenging CID being involved.

With Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee and several organisations trying to build up a movement over the alleged attack on the civil rights and the dubious role of police, atleast three left front ministers also came down heavily on the police administration.

That the government and the CPI(M) were not kind with the police became clear when Speaker Hasim Abdul Halim and CPI(M) minister Subash Chakraborty said the officers in question should be removed for the sake of an impartial inquiry.


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