Rights panel recommends Rs 5 lakh compensation for Aminul’s family

Holding some Kolkata police officers responsible for the self-immolation of Aminul Islam,the West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Wednesday recommended compensation of Rs 5 lakh for his next of kin

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:September 19, 2013 4:11 am

Holding some Kolkata police officers responsible for the self-immolation of Aminul Islam,who was fighting for justice for a rape victim,the West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Wednesday recommended compensation of Rs 5 lakh for his next of kin.

Aminul had committed suicide by self-immolation on January 1,after allegedly being harassed by some officers of the Karaya police station in southeast Kolkata. Aminul,who was helping a 16-year-old rape victim in her fight for justice,was also reportedly implicated in a false case of robbery.

“Based on reports and statements,the Commission had come to the conclusion that officers of the Karaya police station was responsible for his death and had instructed the state to pay the money within two months,” said a senior Commission official.

Aminul is survived by his mother,Mir Shahnaz Izhar,who has moved the Calcutta High Court seeking a probe by an independent agency other than the Kolkata police on the ground that its own personnel are accused in the case.

Mir Shahnaz,when contacted,said: “No amount of money can compensate for the death of my child. Going by recent instances,I don’t believe the government will pay any heed to the instructions of the Commission. But I am happy that the entire state and perhaps the country knows that my child was innocent. He was fighting against the evils of the society and the so called law-keepers were responsible for his death.”

“I still await justice. Aminul had started a movement,which is our responsibility to carry forward. We will see to it that justice is served. If we are not satisfied with the high court verdict,we will move the Supreme Court,” she added.

His lawyer,Naushad Hussain said he too has been receiving threats.

“My junior was stopped by local goons and threatened of dire consequences. Along with a CBI probe into the matter,I also want police protection,” he said.

Aminul had set himself ablaze on December 3,while protesting against some Karaya police station officers who,he had alleged were trying to frame him in a robbery case. He had claimed that the officers were hand-in-glove with a local thug and police informer Shahzada Bux,who was accused of raping the minor whom Aminul was helping.

“It was alleged that the rape accused,Shahazada Bux was a local influential person and being shielded by the police,” said WBHRC joint secretary Sujoy Kumar Haldar. Frustrated and harassed,the youth had set himself on fire in front of the police station on December 3 last year and succumbed on New Year’s Day.

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