15 January 2013
National Human Rights Commission
I want to bring your kind notice on an incident of physical torture, intimidation, bullying and extortion of money by collusion of Border Security Force personnel and local Custom official where the victims were young Muslims belong to BPL category; one of them even a minor. The perpetrator BSF personnel are known for their atrocious acts at the said area.
The victim duo were detained at a BSF camp for more than 14 hours, videographed, finger impressions taken, physically tortured, verbally abused at the said BSF Camp, later brought to police station along with Bangladeshi nationals then to a local Custom office where their families paid bribe for release of the persons and bicycles, in the name of ‘Auction’.
Again after nearly three months BSF personnel visited the victims houses and threaten the families and intimidate to implicate in false criminal cases.
I am appending a detail of the incident herewith for your reference and demand for:-
- The incident must be investigated urgently by an independent and adequate authority
- The act of so called ‘Auction’ by collusion of BSF and Custom must be investigated and proper measures should be taken for immediate stop of this illegal act
- Specific charges must be framed against the errant BSF and Custom officials
- The victims and their families along with witnesses must be protected from further intimidation and their safety must be guaranteed
- The victims must be duly compensated for their losses
National Convener – PACTI
Particulars of the victim:- 1. Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar , son of Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, aged about – 17 years and 2. Mr. Hasanur Molla, son of Moslem Molla, aged about – 21 years; both of them are by faith – Muslim and residing at village – Doharkanda, Post Office – Hakimpur, Police Station – Swarupnagar, District – North 24 Parganas.
Particulars of the perpetrators: – .
Border Security Force personnel known as 1) Mr. KD Sahib in locality, 2) Mr. Bharat Singh, Subhash Singh and 3) Mr. Akbar Khan all attached to the ‘G’ Branch of Bithari Border Out Post of 152 Battalion, all were in BSF uniform at the time of incident & 4) an unidentified Custom official of Hathatgunj Bazar Custom office under Swarupnagar Police Station, North 24 Parganas
Date of the incident:- On 06.10.2012 at about 5 am and 31.12.12 at about 10 am
Place of incident:- In front of the resident of Mr. Sahidul Molla of village – Hakimpur, Police Station – Swarupnagar, District – North 24 Parganas.
It is revealed during our fact finding that Master Muzaffar Dafadar, son of Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, a class – VI student; is a 17 years old minor boy from a below poverty level Muslim family. His father’s name is Mr. Shaukat Dafadar, and is a resident of village – Doharkanda, post office – Hakimpur, police station – Swarupnagar, district – North 24 Parganas.
On 06.10.2012 at around 5am Muzaffar was going to Bithari Bajar with betel-nut. He was accompanied by Mr. Hasanur Molla, son of Mr. Moslem Molla, aged about 21 years, village – Doharkanda, post office – Hakimpur, police station – Swarupnagar, district – North 24 Parganas. Mr. Hasanur Molla is a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) 2nd year student from a below poverty level Muslim family. They were traveling by two bicycles along a path through an open field in Hakimpur, when they reached near Mr. Sahidul Molla’s residence at the said village they were apprehended by K.D. Sahib and other unidentified BSF personal and another BSF jawan. K.D. Sahib pulled Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar by his shirt’s collar and threw him down to the uneven path from the running bicycle. The other BSF jawan apprehended Mr. Hasanur Molla.
K.D. Sahib and the other perpetrator BSF jawan bound the victims together with their towel and took them to Hakimpur BSF Mini Camp. The victims were detained to a room at the said Mini Camp. At around 8.00am the victims were taken in front of Mr. Akbar Khan’s room. Mr. Bharat Singh, a BSF personal, slapped Muzaffar Dafadar on his left face under his earlobe and used abusive and humiliating language. Mr. Muzaffar Rahaman and Mr. Hasanur Molla’s family members went to Hakimpur Mini Camp after receiving news of their sons’ apprehension by BSF personnel, they pleaded for release of the victims, but BSF did not release the victims. At around 10 am Mr. Akbar Khan came and recorded video and audio clips of their images and voices and after that Bharat Singh and Subhash Singh took impressions of their fingers by making threats and intimidation. The said KD Sahib noted down their physical descriptions at about 2 pm. After that the victims were again detained them into a room in that camp.
At around 7 pm Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Mollah along with two other unknown apprehended Bangladeshi nationals were taken to Sharaphul Hospital by a BSF van. A nurse registered the names and addresses of the apprehended persons. Then they were taken to Swaroopnagar Police Station and the two Bangladeshis were handed over to the police. But Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Molla were taken to the customs office. Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar and Mr. Hasanur Molla’s family members met the customs officer. Name and rank of that officer is unknown. But he was in a short pant and T- Shirt at the time of the incident. Victims’ family members had to pay Rs.9, 000/- for their release; on 06.10.2012 they paid Rs.7, 000/- and got released their sons and on 07.10.2012 paid Rs.2, 000/- for getting back the two seized bicycles. All these illegal bribing exercise was performed in the name of ‘AUCTION’.
Nearly after three months; on 31.12.2012 at around 10 am Mr. Akbar Khan and Mr. Bharat Singh, both in BSF uniform, came to Mr. Muzaffar Dafadar’s house by a red colored, Pulsar make motor cycle and warned the present women at the time by saying that if their son wouldn’t meet Mr. V.P. Singh, Camp Commander of Amudia BSF Camp, at their Camp, they would come back at night and forcibly taken away their son and would also implicated him in a false case. Next they went to Mr. Hasanur Molla’s house. At that time there was no one at the house. They told Mr. Ali Hussain Sardar, a neighbor of Mr. Hasanur Molla, that Hasanur must meet Mr. V.P. Singh at Amudia BSF camp by 4 pm. Otherwise they would come and take him forcefully. Presently the perpetrator BSF personnel are threatening the victims’ families and other locales.
On 2.01.2013, the victims made a written complaint to the Sub Divisional Police Officer; Basirhat Sub-Division under district North 24 Parganas but without any respite.
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