The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on Wednesday held officers of the Karaya police station under the city police “ prima facie responsible for the self-immolation” of a youth, Mir Aminul Islam, who set himself ablaze before the police station on December 3, 2012 and died on January 1.
The full Bench of the Commission comprising chairperson Justice (retd.) Asok Kumar Ganguly, members Justice (retd.) N.C. Seal and S.N. Roy observed that the rights of Mr. Islam had been “blatantly violated” and recommended that the State government pay a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin.
In its report, the WBHRC pointed out that Mr. Islam had brought allegations of rape of a minor girl against Sahazada Bux, an influential person of the locality. But instead of taking action against Mr. Bux, the police brought false charges of dacoity against Mr. Islam.
“It has been established that Aminul, a graduate in Commerce, had to lay down his life as the police instituted a false dacoity case against him and did not file a rape case against Sahazada Bux,” the WBHRC report pointed out.
The rights panel described Mr. Islam as a “whistle-blower” and a young man whose bright future was cut short. The WBHRC has not made any recommendation against the erring police officers as the city police had started departmental proceedings against them.
The panel had taken cognisance of the death of Mr. Islam on January 3 based on media reports.
During the course of its investigation, it examined two officers of the rank of Joint Commissioner of the city police.
The WBHRC last month recommended a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the next of kin of Sudipta Gupta, a leader of the Students Federation of India (SFI) who died in police custody in April this year.
“The police brought false charges of dacoity against Mir Aminul Islam, causing him to lay down his life”