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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Illegal detention, torture in police custody and registration of false case & extortion


Particulars of the victims:- (1) Mr. Rajjak Mondal, son of Mr. Rashid Mondal, aged about-29 years, by faith-Muslim, by occupation- daily wage earner, residing at village-Srikati, Police Station-Baduria, District-North 24 Parganas; (2) Mr. Fajlur Mondal, son of Mr. Abdar Mondal, residing at village-Srikati, Police Station-Baduria, District-North 24 Parganas

Particulars of the perpetrators: - The involved police personnel of Baduria Police Station and Basirhat Police Station 

Date & time of incident: - On 29.12.2011 at about 2.00 hours and subsequent thereafter.

Fact Finding Detail:-

It is revealed during the fact finding that the victims are now languishing at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (Jail) since 1.1.2012. They are being detained in jail as under trial prisoners(UTP) in connection with Basirhat Police Station Case no. 643/2011 dated 31.12.2011 under section 20(b)(i) of NDPS Act. According to the police complaint, the victims were arrested from Moylakhola Bus Stand on 31.12.2011 in the evening hours and 6.700 Kilograms of ‘Ganja’ could be recovered from their possession. As they did not produce any valid documents for possessing the said article (Ganja), they were implicated in the aforesaid criminal case and the police investigation is in progress.

According to the family members of both the victims that both the victims are innocent and they have been roped into false allegations by police out of conspiracy so that they could be detained for long period behind the bar.

The family members of the victim Mr. Rajjak Mondal stated before our fact finding that on 29.12.2011 at about 2.00 hours in the midnight about 6/7 police personnel of Baduria Police Station and Basirhat Police Station raided into their house and forcibly captured him. They started beating him by their wooden sticks and rifle butts. In a similar manner the said police personnel also raided the house Mr. Fajlur Mondal and forcibly took him into their custody. Here also the police personnel beat Mr. Fajlur Mondal by their wooden sticks and rifle butts. The police did not disclose any reason for their apprehension and no memo of arrest was arrest was issued at the time of their apprehension. Many local people witnessed the incident as told by the family members of the victims before our fact finding team. Then in the morning Mr. Rashid Mondal, the father of the victim Mr. Rajjak Mondal came to Basirhat Police Station and he came to know from Mr. Rajjak Mondal that on the last night one Mr. Sanjoybabu, police officer of Basirhat Police Station mercilessly assaulted him to confess according to his desire. The other victim Mr. Fajlu Mondal also came under such torture in the hands of the said police officer. On 30.12.2011 one Mr. Sahabab Mondal who reportedly works as an informer to local police contacted with Mr. Rashid Mondal, the father of the victim Mr. Rajjak Mondal and told him that the police officer Mr. Sanjoybabu would stop torturing his son if he agrees to pay Rs.3000/-  to the police officer Sanjoybabu. Mr. Rashid Mondal to save the life of his son gave Rs.3000/ to the said Mr. Sahabab Mondal and it is also revealed that the said amount was handed over to the said police officer Mr. Sanjoybabu. Later on 2.1.2012 the family members of the victims came to know from one news paper report that the victims were implicated in a criminal case of illegally possessing ‘Ganja’. 

The family members of both the victims stated before our fact finding team that they are poor people being daily wage earner and the victims have been falsely implicated in false charges out of local political rivalry.  


-- 
Kirity Roy
Secretary
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
(MASUM)
&
National Convenor (PACTI)
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
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