9 April 2013
National Human Rights Commission
I want to draw your kind attention regarding the matter of physical torture and false implication into criminal charges upon the victim Mr. Sariful Islam from District-Murshidabad, West Bengal by the perpetrator BSF personnel. The victim was physically assaulted, verbally abused by the perpetrator BSF personnel without any reason and cash of Rs. 2230/- and one mobile set was arbitrarily seized from his possession by the perpetrator BSF personnel on the date of the incident. Our attached fact finding report gives the details of the incident. The victim lodged a written complaint to the Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad informing the whole incident of physical torture and false implication committed upon him by the perpetrator BSF personnel. But no actions have been taken against the perpetrator BSF personnel by the higher authority. The victim is now living under fear after getting warnings and threats from police and BSF personnel to withdraw his complaint against the BSF personnel lodged before the Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad.
Hence we seek your urgent intervention regarding the following matters: –
· The whole incident must be investigated by the Commission’s own investigation wing.
· The perpetrator BSF personnel must be booked under the law immediately and prosecuted under the criminal law in open court of law.
· The role of the police of Raninagar Police Station must be investigated regarding failure to act lawfully in the matter of the victim.
· The victim must be relieved from the false charges and should be provided adequate compensation.
· The family of the victim and the victim must be given adequate protection so that they do not come under threat or inducement.
· BSF personnel obstructing villagers to cultivate their land be stopped without delay.
National Convener, PACTI
Name of the victim: – Mr. Sariful Islam, son of- Late Abdul Goni, aged about- 38 years, by faith- Muslim, residing at Village- Babla Bona-Bathan Para, Post Office- Ramnagar , Police Station- Raninagar, District- Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.
Name of the perpetrators: –
1. Company-In-Charge of Kaharpara BSF BN. No-130 2. One officer Intelligence Branch of BSF and 3. to 8. Other six involved BSF jawans of Kaharpara BSF BN. No-130 under Raninagar Police Station; 9. Mr. Sumit Talukdar, the Officer-In-Charge of Raninagar Police Station
Date and time of the incident: – On 13.02.2013 at 1pm
Place of the occurrence: – In I.B.B Road at Kaharpara under Raninagar Police Station.
Case details: –
It is revealed during fact finding that the victim is living with his wife Ms. Habiba Sultana, aged about 30 years and with his two sons namely Mr. Sakhil Habib, aged about 14 years and Mr. Nur Alam, aged about 9 years. Cultivation and selling fodder are the ways to survive their livelihood. He is involved in various social works. He is also a victim of political rivalry. The father of the victim was reportedly murdered as a result of political rivalry before few years back.
On the date of incident at 10 am, the victim went to his cultivation field which was situated in Radhakrishna Mouja Dag No- 1345-1349-1275 to observe the crops. At about 1pm, he was illegally restrained by six BSF jawans of Kaharpara BSF BN. No-130 while he was returning from the field. They asked the victim to show his voter identity card. After that they without sounding any reason started to brutally assault the victim by fists and blows. The perpetrator BSF personnel repeatedly slapped him on his ears and chest and forcibly snatched cash of Rs.2230/- from his possession and one mobile set from him. After that the perpetrator BSF personnel put him into life threat and tried to accuse him as a smuggler. The perpetrator BSF personnel also threatened him that he would be falsely implicated in a case if he refused to say that he has an involvement in smuggling. The victim was also verbally abused by the perpetrator BSF personnel and he was brutally assaulted again. Thereafter the victim was taken by the perpetrator BSF personnel to Raninagar Police Station by car. He was falsely implicated in a criminal case on the basis of a written complaint of the perpetrator BSF personnel which was treated as First Information Report (F.I.R) vide Raninagar Police Station Case No- 134/13 dated 13.02.2013 under sections 188 of Indian Penal Code and 12 of P. P. Act. In the said criminal case there was another co-accused namely Mr. Mahiriddin Seikh who was reportedly arrested by the BSF personnel on 12.03.2013.
On 14.02.2013, the victim was produced at Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Lalbagh. He was released on bail. The Company-In-Charge and the officer of Intelligence Department (I.B.) of Kaharpara BSF BN. No-130 threatened the victim to implicate him false charges again and even to kill him if he dared to inform the incident of physical assault to anyone. On 15.2.2013 the victim got medical treatment from one local Doctor namely Mr. Nishir Kumar Sarkar who recorded the injuries sustained by the victim. The said doctor referred the victim to hospital for further treatment. Later he was medically treated in Berhampore General Hospital.
On 20.02.2013, the victim lodged a written complaint before the Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad through courier informing the whole incident of physical torture committed upon him by the perpetrator BSF personnel. But till date no action was taken on the basis of his complaint.
On 26.03.2013, the victim talked with our fact finding team and he informed that the Investigating Officer (I.O) of Raninagar Police Station of the above mentioned criminal case warned him that he would face grave problems for sending complaint letter to the Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad informing the whole incident of physical torture committed upon him by the perpetrator BSF personnel and also said that if he is implicated in a false case again then there would be none to survive him from that situation. The Investigating Officer of that said police station told the victim that if he did not withdraw the complaint which he lodged before the Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad, he would pay the grave consequences for that. The victim’s life now came under threat. At present the victim is living under fear after getting warning from the Investigating Officer (I.O) of Raninagar Police Station and BSF personnel. The victim till date did not get back his mobile set and cash of Rs. 2230/- which were arbitrarily seized from him by the perpetrator BSF personnel without issuing any seizure list.
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