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Justice will be done, Buddhadeb assures Rahman’s mother

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Chief Minister visits computer graphics teacher’s house in Kolkata

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday visited the house of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman in the Tiljala area here and assured the bereaved family that justice would be done and none would be spared if found responsible for Rahman’s death.

“Have faith in me, justice will be done ... just give me some more time,” he reportedly told Rahman’s mother, who was in tears as Mr. Bhattacharjee held her hand and conveyed his anguish over the death of her son.

“I now have faith in him”

After the Chief Minister’s 40-minutestay at her residence, Rahman’s mother told newspersons, “I now have some faith in him [Mr. Bhattacharjee] who has promised us justice and a fair investigation [into the case].”

Rahman’s body was found near the rail track near here on September 21. He died weeks after his marriage to Priyanka, daughter of businessman Ashok Todi, reportedly against her family’s wishes.

Tough time

The Chief Minister’s security had a trying time escorting him back to his car as the locals who gathered in the area tried to surge towards him demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into Rahman’s death.

They also demanded immediate action against police officials allegedly involved in the events leading to the death.

Mr. Bhattacharjee’s visit came a day after he expressed regret that his appeal to Rahman’s mother to visit his residence was turned down by the latter.

Rather than await a response from her to his renewed appeal to talk matters out with him an anxious Chief Minister himself visited Rahman’s house.

The security was tight. The crowd that had gathered in the area in the morning showed black flags and chanted slogans demanding a CBI probe.

The Chief Minister reportedly told the Rahman family that his government would do all that was required to ensure justice and take action against those responsible. He was aware of questions raised over the role of the police in the incident and assured them that those officials suspected to have a had hand behind the death would not be allowed to influence investigations by the Criminal Investigation Department.

The State had already ordered a judicial inquiry into the death.

Looking into issue “personally”

According to Rahman’s elder brother, Rukhwanur, who was present during the meeting, the Chief Minister said he was looking into the matter “personally” and if Mr. Todi was found to be responsible necessary action would be taken against him too.

On the demand for a CBI inquiry by the family, Mr. Bhattacharjee was reportedly non-committal, pointing out that a CID investigation and a judicial inquiry were already under way.

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