Indian Supreme Court for reinvestigation in Felani murder

The Indian Supreme Court yesterday issued a rule upon the central and West Bengal governments, the Border Security Force and the Central Bureau of Investigation over Felani Khatun murder case, the first such case over killings along Bangladesh border.

Taking a petition into cognisance, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu asked the authorities concerned to issue notices to the respondents.

The petition challenged the acquittal of BSF Constable Amiya Ghosh by a special court in a revision trial on July 3. The self-confessed killer, Amiya, was earlier acquitted by the same court on September 6, 2013.

The second verdict is yet to be approved by the BSF chief, who last week said that they would consider fresh trial in the case by constituting a new court if Felani’s father wanted.

Father of Felani Nur Islam and West Bengal-based rights group Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) filed the petition last week seeking retrial in the sensational case and compensation for the victim’s family.

The petition sought order for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT)/CBI team consisting of officers from outside West Bengal to take over the investigation and to prosecute the offenders in accordance with the law, MASUM said in a statement yesterday.

Felani, 15, was shot dead on January 7, 2011 while crossing the barbed wire fence at Anantapur frontier in Kurigram’s Phulbari upazila.

MASUM said that the trials held in secrecy and that all investigation, prosecution and judgement had been done by the BSF. Two other petitions filed over the trial procedure are pending with the Supreme Court of India.

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