CBI to submit report in Rizwanur case

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New Delhi, Nov 16: The CBI probe in the disappearance and murder of Rizwanur Rahman was going on well and it would submit the report on time, the CBI Director Vijay Shankar said today. Talking to the sources, he said the investigation was progressing well and the agency would submit its report about the Graphic Designer's death to the Calcutta High Court within the stipulated time.

Regarding the High Court's direction to the CBI today to continue its investigation regarding police firing in Nandigram on March 14th in which 14 people were killed and submit a report within a month, the CBI Director said he was yet to receive the court's order officially and only after going through it, he could comment.

Moreover, there was a possibility of the state government appealing before the Supreme Court on the issue, so only after it was clear that the CBI could take up the case, he added.

The Court had rejected all arguments of the West Bengal government and held that the action of the police on March 14th was wholly unconstitutional and could not be justified. It had also ordered the West Bengal government to grant compensation to the next of kin of people killed to the tune of not less than Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs two lakh to the injured.

Fourteen people were killed and 162 injured in the incident that became a flashpoint in the protests against the acquisition of land for a Special Economic Zone. Taking suomotu cognizance of the incident at that time, the court had ordered CBI to initiate criminal proceedings against the accused persons found guilty in appropriate court of law.


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