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Friday 20 April 2012

Scheduled Caste man - denial of livelihood - stripped - tortured - IMPUNITY

Name and other details of the victim: Mr. Bharat Mondal; son of Mr. Kutub Mondal; aged about 40 years; by profession an agrarian labourer and from Schedule Caste community; resident of village- Char Sahebnagar, Post Office- Harudanga, Police Station- Raninagar of Murshidabad district

Name and details of the perpetrators: 4 Border Security Force constables on their camouflage uniform; attached with Mourashi Camp of Chowki number-2 under Out Post-2 of 105 No. Battalion of Border Security Force

Date and Time of the occurrence: 30.12.2011 at around 8 am

Place of occurrence: Agrarian field at Mourashi, near Mourashi Camp of Chowki number-2 under Out Post-2, Post Office- Harudanga, Police Station- Raninagar of Murshidabad district

Case Detail

Mr. Bharat Mondal, an agrarian labourer lost his land in river erosion like his other neighbors. Like many others he has no means of sustain his family of 6 rather involving him with cross border smuggling of cattle. He has a job card under the scheme of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme but not received a single day job out of it. He was a part time cattle rattler or carrier for the smugglers. On 30.12.2011, he arrived at the place of occurrence to smuggle out 7-8 cattle. At about 8 am he was apprehended by the said BSF jawans. Thereafter, the BSF jawans wreaked severe physical torture upon him. He was also stripped in broad day light. Bharat was beaten by riffle butts, sticks and kicked off by boot clad feet of the said personnel. Bharat Mondal was profusely bled from his received injuries and broke his left arm in the process of torment. The BSF personnel left unconscious Bharat to die at the said agrarian field. Ms. Chintamoni Mondal; wife of the tortured Mr. Bharat Mondal while informed about the condition of her husband, came at the place with few of her neighbors and brought Bharat to Godhanpara Block Primary Health Center for treatment. The attending doctor at the said BPHC refered him for Domkal Sub Divisional Hospital or Baharampur New General Hospital. He was admitted to Bahrampur New General Hospital by his family. The victim is still under treatment of a private medical practitioner and not in a position to earn bread for him and his family.

The BSF personnel in other hand warned the family members of the victim and neighbor not to make complaint to police station or divulge the incident before any other. Somehow, the family gathered courage and made a written complaint to the Superintendent of Police; Murshidabad on 23.03.2012 and forwarded a copy of the same to the Officer in Charge of Raninagar police station. Mr. Sri Nath Mondal; son of Mr. Amir Chand Mondal, Mr. Panchanan Mondal; son of Mr. Dhananjay Mondal, Ms. Sumitra Mondal; wife of Mr. Sri Nath Mondal all residents of village- Char Sahebnagar, Post Office- Harudanga, Police Station- Raninagar of Murshidabad district, are witnesses of this ghastly torture upon Mr. Bharat Mondal.

Kirity Roy
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
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Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
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