Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel bru-tally tortured a 30-year-old Muslim Johirul Islam in custody in the Indian state of West Bengal.
The BSF personnel arrested Johirul Islam, a 30-year-old Muslim, from his house and brutally tor-tured him in their custody in Sahebganj city.
The details of the incident emerged after rights activist Kirity Roy wrote a letter to the Indian Na-tional Human Rights Commission (NHRC), seeking an independent and non-partisan investigation of the incident which occurred on 21 February this year.
The incident occurred at Purba Sahebganj Border Out Post, Battalion number 129, and the Company Commander Bijay Kumar was involved in the torture.
The victim’s family lodged a complaint with the Sahebganj Police Station, but the concerned police did not register any case against the perpetrators. This violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Apex Court guidelines has been reported by the Secretary of MASUM (Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha and National Convener of PACTI (Pro-gramme Against Custodial Torture and Impunity), Kirity Roy. The torture was so severe that Johirul is still unable to walk properly due to severe pain in the lower back portion of his body, he added.
The family of Johirul is very poor, and he is the only earning member of the family. As a result of the torture, he is now unable to work, and his family’s livelihood is in jeopardy.
“The incident violated Article 6 (Right to work) and Article 9 (Right to social security) of the Inter-national Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). It also violates Goal number 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to provide access to justice for all,” Roy said in his letter.
“The incident reflects the entrenched impunity in the criminal justice system and systemic attack on religious minorities, especially Muslims by public officials,” he said.
Roy has demanded that BSF should be posted in the actual borders and not inside the villages. He has also demanded that proceedings should be initiated against the perpetrators from the BSF and the police and strict punishment should be given if found guilty. Adequate compensation for the victim and his family from the pocket of the perpetrator BSF personnel should also be provided, according to Roy’s letter.—KMS