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Rizwanur Case
CBI accuses Todis of abetment to suicide
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, January 4
The CBI probing into the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rahman is learnt have concluded that Rizwanur, who was in love with Priyanka Todi and married her under the Special Marriage Act, was not murdered but he committed suicide under extreme unusual circumstances.

Accordingly, the CBI finalised charge sheets against seven persons, including Priyanka’s business father Ashoke Todi, his brother Pradip Todi, the Rahman’s family friend Pappu and four senior policemen, holding them responsible for forcing the Muslim graphic designer to commit suicide. They will face criminal charges, including abetment to commit suicide.

Former city police chief Prasun Mukherjee and two senior IPS officers Gyanbant Singh (DCHQ) and Ajoy Kumar (DCDD), who had been criticised for their odd roles in breaking the marriage of the Hindu-Muslim couple, will also face legal action, which the Calcutta High Court will decide. The report will be formally placed before the High Court on January 8.

But the Rizwanur family, his friends and well wishers, the APDR and others still thought that Rizwanur was murdered in a planned manner and they held the Todi family responsible for his killing.

On September 30, Rizwanur’s body was found dead on the railway track near the Dum Dum station.

Soon there was uproar and large scale protests from different sections of the people against the Todi family and the policemen at Lalbazaar, charging them of killing Rizwanur following his reluctance to divorce his Hindu wife.

A CID inquiry was ordered which the Rizwanur family, the APDR or others were not satisfied with. On September 27, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee ordered a judicial inquiry by former high court judge Aloke Kumar Chakraborty, which too none accepted. They all were demanding the CBI inquiry.

On October 16, Justice Saumitra Pal of the high court on the petition by Rizwanur’s mother Kishwar Jehan and his elder brother Rukhbanur ordered the CBI to probe into the death of Rizwanur.

The CBI officials after their prolonged enquiry, which included the interrogation of over 500 persons, both in the city and the CBI headquarters in Delhi, finalised the report. It will be submit the report to the court on January 8.



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