The City Police took action against three policemen of Karaya police station here on Friday, three days after the death of a youth who had set himself on fire in protest against their apathy in investigating a complaint of rape of a minor.

The three police personnel – Ranjit Yadav, Narim Khan and Vinod Kumar – were issued “closed” order and a case has been registered against them for allegedly harassing 32-year-old Mir Amirul Islam who had set himself on fire near the police station last month. He died of injuries in a hospital here on January 1.

According to the police, his family claims that he was harassed by them for lodging a complaint against Sheikh Sajada for raping a minor girl on October 31 last year. The police had instead filed a “false case” against him, alleging that he was involved in a burglary.

“We have already issued a closed order for the three police personnel. We have to investigate the matter further before taking any more steps. As for now they will not be given any specific work,” said Joint Commissioner (Crime) Kolkata, Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

 However, they can join duty at any police station of the city barring the Karaya police station. Departmental proceeding against them will be carried out soon, he added.

 During the day, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission took suo motu cognisance of the incident and directed the Commissioner of Police to conduct an independent inquiry and submit his report within two weeks. 

“The Commission has directed the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the inquiry is conducted by a senior police officer and submit the report with his specific comments, if any,” Sujay Halder, joint secretary of the Commission told The Hindu .

The incident had created a stir and was widely seen as an instance of callous treatment of a person who was fighting hard to ensure justice to a rape victim. There was a candlelight march in Park Circus area of the city by protesters who demanded justice for Mir Amirul Islam and exemplary punishment against the guilty policemen.

 The State Congress leadership has demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the incident.