May 19, 2010

New Twist in Rizwanur Rahman Case Before Municipal Vote

The death of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman, which rocked West Bengal in 2007, took a new turn on Tuesday with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) being directed to conduct fresh investigations treating it as a murder case under Section 302.

A Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court said on Tuesday that the CBI should treat the complaint by Rukbanur Rahman, brother of Rizwanur, as a first information report (FIR) and proceed with its investigation and submit a report within four months. The earlier Single Bench order had asked the Central agency to investigate the cause of death.

Rizwanur, who was married to Priyanka Todi, daughter of Ashok Todi, promoter of a city-based hosiery business, was found dead on a railway track, a month after the marriage.
The family led by Mr. Rukbanur cried foul and filed complaints that Rizwanur was hounded by the Todi family as well as senior officials of the State police for marrying Ms. Priyanka. Rizwanur's mother Kishwar Jahan named the then City Police Commissioner as well as two District Commissioners as having a key role in the harassment which, she said, ended in the death of her son.
Following a huge furore over the death, all the three key police officers were transferred out. The matter reached the courts and a CBI investigation was ordered in October 2007.

Hailing the court direction, Mr. Rukbanur said: “We are satisfied that our stand has been vindicated — we had said in our FIR that it should be treated as murder.”