The Calcutta High Court today directed the CBI to take over the investigation into the death of Kazi Nasiruddin (35) in police custody at Dhanekhali in Hooghly district in January this year.
Delivering the order,a Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Kumar Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi directed the state CID to hand over the case to the CBI within seven days.
The Bench held that the CID had not properly investigated the conspiracy behind the custodial death. The documents placed before the court showed that local Trinamool Congress MLA Ashima Patra had spoken to the officer in charge of Dhanekhali police station after the arrest of Nasiruddin and the officer in charge had also called up Patra after the arrest. But the probe did not throw any light on their conversations.
The order also pointed out that the CID did not interrogate Patra after the death of Nasiruddin,nor did it collect the call details of Patra and the officer in charge. The court severely indicted the CID for failing to investigate the case properly as the MLA of the ruling party was involved.
According to a PIL filed by Pratim Singha Roy,an advocate of Chinsura court,Nasiruddin was a Trinamool Congress party worker since 1998. In July 2012,his wife Manuja Bibi wrote a letter to the Governor about the alleged deterioration of law and order in Dhanekhali as a result of a rift within the Trinamool in the area.
On January 18 this year,Dhanekhali police station personnel arrested Nasiruddin on the allegation that he was driving his new vehicle without a proper licence. He was taken to the police station and from there he was taken to hospital at midnight,where he was declared dead. There was several external injury marks on his body. The death sparked mob violence in Dhanekhali police station area and the state government handed the case to the CID.
After the Calcutta High Court order today,Manuja Bibi said her husband had resisted illegal land transactions in the village,in which the local MLA was allegedly involved. Following this,Nasiruddin was allegedly threatened by Patra. Manuja had lodged a police complaint after the death of her husband but Patra exerted pressure on her to withdraw the case,she said.
Patra today admitted that Nasiruddin was known to her and that he had been involved with the Trinamool. Patra also said she had no rivalry with Nasiruddin. But she refused to comment on the alleged phone call to the officer in charge of Dhanekhali police station as the matter was sub-judice. Patra also claimed she was not involved in the incident as alleged.
Wife hopes threats will stop
Kazi Nasiruddins wife was visibly relieved after the HC order. We are happy because life was getting very difficult with all the threat calls. I am sure things will be better, Manuja Bibi said at a press conference organised by the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) on Monday. She said her husband,in spite of being a Trinamool Congress worker,had stood up against the anti-social activities of the party and thus attracted the wrath of local MLA Ashima Patra. People who wanted to come to our house,friends or relatives,even they were beaten up and everyone knows that all this is happening on the instructions of the local MLA, she said. WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacharya,who was present at the press conference along with senior leader Abdul Mannan,said the conspiracy would be exposed.