Police officer probing Rizwanur death found dead

February 11th, 2009 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) The body of a police officer investigating the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rahman was Wednesday found beside the railway tracks in West Bengal’s Hooghly district with his father alleging murder.
The body of 31-year-old Arindam Manna, the second officer of the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Dum Dum, was found near the Mankundu railway station and bore injury marks on legs, hands and eyes. Police officials said the body was sent for post-mortem.

GRP sources said prima facie it was a case of suicide, but the officer’s father alleged that he was killed.

“He told us time and again that he was being constantly pressurised by his department. But he did not tell us whether it was a fallout of the Rizwanur Rahman case which he handled in the early stages,” a sobbing Ashok Kumar Manna said.

Arindam was also apprehensive that he might be killed, he said.

Tracing the course of events since Tuesday, the victim’s father said that Arindam had an off day and left home around noon. “At 9.30 p.m. he called to say he was ok. Then late at night Arindam again called to say that he will return in the morning (Wednesday).

“But at around 9.30 this morning we got a call from the Seoraphuli GRP saying his body has been found near the second signal of the Mankundu railway station,” he said.

“It’s not a case of suicide. It’s murder. He told us several times that he might be killed. Those vested interests whose cause he never served have bumped him off,” he said.

Another relative said that Arindam, who was to marry a girl of his choice in the next couple of months, had called up once a little after midnight, cryptically saying: “My world has caved in. You all be happy.”

Rizwanur, a 30-year-old graphic designer working with a multimedia firm, was found dead Sep 21, 2007 near the railway tracks at Kolkata’s Patipukur suburb, barely a month after his marriage with Hindu girl Priyanka, daughter of local industrialist Ashok Todi, who was firmly opposed to the match.

As a Hindu-Muslim love story gone horribly wrong, Rizwanur’s death had shocked the entire nation.

Todi, his brother Pradeep, brother-in-law Anil Saraogi and four city police officers - former Kolkata police deputy commissioner Ajoy Kumar, former assistant commissioner of police Sukanti Chakraborty, sub-inspector Krishnendu Das, and Rizwanur’s neighbour S.M. Moinuddin alias Pappu - were subsequently accused of threatening and pressurising Rizwanur to annul his marriage with Priyanka and stay away from her.

All the seven accused were later arrested but are now on bail.

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