Friday, June 04, 2010

Again a case of Torture by BSF - victim is under pressure

Name of the Victim: -
Mr. Kushalya Seikh son of Late Harej Uddin Mondal aged about 53 years residing at Village- Bichpara, Post- Bamnabad, Police Station- Raninagar, District – Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Name of the Perpetrator(s):

Mr. Kamal Hossain, the commandant and 2. One constable of Bamnabad BSF camp under Battalion no. 105 of BSF, were on duty at Observatory point II of Bamnabad BSF camp, District - Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Place of incident:

Near - Out post no. 11 of Bamnabad Border Security Force (BSF) camp, District – Murshidabad, West Bengal.

Date & time of the incident: -

On 22/05/2010 about 03.30 am.

Case Details: -

Masum received information that on 22/05/2010 at around 3.30 pm while Mr. Kushalya Seikh was busy in fishing at river Padma in front of observatory point (OP) II of Bamnanbad BSF camp one on duty BSF constable called him at the said OP. Mr. Kamal Hossain, the commandant of the said OP was taking rest there. Kushalya alleged that the BSF person who called him was in drunken condition. The BSF personal asked Kushalya for electoral photo identity card (EPIC). He replied that he was not supposed to cross the OP, so he did not keep his EPIC with him. Then those BSF personal started verbal abuses with sexually intimidating terms. The victim was also beaten black and blue by those BSF personnel with a bamboo stick and butts of their service rifles. Finally the victim was released from the BSF OP.

On the same day around 4.15 pm the victim informed about the tortures incident to our member over phone and subsequently one of our members took him to Raninagar Police Station for lodging a formal complaint. But realizing his health condition Mr. Pabitra Mitra Mostafi, the Officer-in-charge of Raninagar Police Station asked to take him to Godhanpara Primary health centre for medical treatment. At around 7.45 pm the victim was taken to Godhanpara Primary Health Centre. Around 8.25 pm Doctor Mr. Atikur Rahaman examined him and noted the details of his injury at the register vide Register serial No. 1682. Then again he was taken to Raninagar Police Station and subsequently he lodged his complaint. One criminal case vide no. 278/10 under section 341/325 of Indian Penal Code has been initiated by the said police station against BSF personnel. But none of the accused has been arrested till date.

BSF is trying to suppress the incident by pressurizing the victim through one local Panchayat (village level administration) member.

Report by:
Kirity Roy