Man who stood for rape victim dies

Amirul tried to commit suicide alleging police atrocities

Thirty three-year old Mir Amirul Islam, who stood by a rape victim and had later tried commit suicide following alleged police atrocities, died at Kolkata's Columbia Asia Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

"He tried to set himself ablaze on December 3 and then was admitted to Chittaranjan Hospital. He was later shifted to Medi View Nursing Home then to SSKM. Finally, he was admitted to Columbia Asia where he died today," said Md Naushad Hussain, lawyer of the rape victim.

"He used to earn his living by giving out tuitions and supported his family of four sisters and a brother. They have sold almost everything of monetary value in the household and spent over Rs 5 lakh for his treatment. Now, they are complete bankrupt and without a bread earner," he added.

He also said that the victim and his had been family had been under constant threat from the relatives of the accused who had been arrested. "In spite of putting in written complaints, police didn't take any steps," he said and added that they will hold a demonstration on Wednesday. "Unless the accused police persons are arrested, we will not perform the last rites of Amirul and on January 5, we will file a writ petition at the High Court," he said.

Officials of Karaya Police Station refused to comment. "The body has been sent for a postmortem and will be returned to the family tomorrow. The accused Shahzada Bux had been earlier arrested and is in judicial custody at the moment," said a senior official of Karaya PS.

Amirul, a Palm Avenue resident, along with his four friends - Rajesh, Parvez, Dilip and Arshad - have been helping the mother of the rape victim to legally fight against local thug and police informer Shahzada Bux who allegedly have been raping the victim for over a year.

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