Explain why probe may not be handed over to another agency: HC

The Calcutta High Court Wednesday directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit within two weeks why investigation into the self-immolation of Amirul Islam, allegedly harassed by police, should not be handed over from the Detective Department of the Kolkata police to some other agency.

It has been alleged that false cases were slapped against 22-year-old Islam, who died of burn injuries suffered in the self-immolation bid because police harassed him as he helped two minor rape victims file complaint. It has been alleged that Islam was being pressurised by the police to get the victims to withdraw the complaint.

Hearing the case, Justice Sanjib Banerjee expressed dissatisfaction over police report, which was directed to be submitted explaining why one of the alleged rape victims was not medically examined. He directed the state to file an affidavit stating what action was taken against the accused.

Justice Banerjee also spoke with one of the victims.

It was alleged that Shahzada Baux had raped two minor girls in Beniapukur area in the metropolis.

While medical test was done on the one of the alleged victims, the mandatory test was not done in case of the other despite filing of a complaint, the petitioner, Aminul's mother Sahana Izaz claimed.

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