18 July 2014
National Human Rights Commission
Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi – 110023
We lodged a complaint to your office on 28th April 2014 and your Commission accepted the complaint and registered the same as NHRC Case No. 613/25/13/2014 dated 12th May 2014, the complaint was regarding custodial torture on Mr. Mafidul Islam @ Nantu Mondal son of Mr. Samsul Haque, aged about- 30 years, by faith- Muslim, residing at Village + Post Office- Jaykrishnapur, Police Station-Jalangi, District- Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.
The victim made a complaint petition on 13th May 2014 before the Chief Judicial Magistrate; Bahrampur; Murshidabad in accordance to the section 156 (3) of Criminal Procedure Code. This made the involved police personnel furious. On 16th July 2014, the then Inspector in Charge of Jalangi police station and now Officer in Charge of Raninagar police station; Mr. Somnath Bannerjee called one Mr. Shah Alam Sarkar; son of Abdul Rahman; a neighbor of the victim to Raninagar police station and asked him to influence the victim to withdraw the case but the victim not relented.
On 17th July 2014 at about 1 am (after midnight), Mr. Hasanur Jaman Kaji; an Assistant Sub Inspector and Mr Sanyasi Biswas; Sub Inspector of Jalangi police station along with other police personnel of same police station came to the village of the victim and apprehended the victim and other three neighbors; Mr. Aatu Seikh; son of Muksad Seikh, Mr. Kilam Mondal; son of Mr. Tufan Mondal and Mr. Imdadul Mondal; son of Mr. Tufan Mondal; all residents of village- Joykrishnapur; police station- Jalangi. The persons are being still in the police lock up of Jalangi police station. I also came to know that the involved police personnel have plan to release the three except the victim. The whole torment caused upon the victim was due to his petition and asking for justice. It was also learnt that the police are setting up for physical torture upon the victim to force him to withdraw the complaint petition before the CJM- Murshidabad.
I want to draw your attention on the above mentioned incident and request your office to ensure physical and psychological integrity of the victim. I also demand for ultimate security and safety for the family of the victim and his neighbourhood. Immediate action must be taken against the errant police personnel.
Detailed fact finding report will follow.
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
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