Bengal, March 19 (KMS): In a recent incident, Johirul Islam, a 30-year-old Muslim, was arrested during house raid by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and was brutally tortured in their custody.
The details of the incident emerged after rights activist Kirity Roy wrote a letter to the India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), seeking an independent and non-partisan investigation of the incident which occurred on 21 February this year.
The incident occurred at Purba Sahebganj Border Out Post, Battalion number 129, and the Indian forces of BSF Company Commander Bijay Kumar was involved in the torture.
The victim’s family lodged a complaint with the Sahebganj Police Station, but the concerned police did not register any case against the perpetrators. This violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Apex Court guidelines in the case of Lalita Kumari vs. State of Uttar Pradesh has been alleged by Kirity Roy who is the Secretary of MASUM and National Convener of PACTI.
The torture was so severe that Johirul is still unable to walk properly due to severe pain in the lower back portion of his body, Roy added.
The family of Johirul is very poor, and he is the only earning member of the family. As a result of the torture, he is now unable to work, and his family’s livelihood is in jeopardy.
“The incident reflects the entrenched impunity in the criminal justice system and systemic attack on religious minorities, especially Muslims by public officials,” Roy said in his letter.
Roy demanded that the armed forces of BSF should be posted in the actual borders and not inside the villages. He also demanded that proceedings should be initiated against the perpetrators of the BSF and the police personnel and strict punishment should be given to guilty personnel.