3 cops suspended in student leader death case

The state government has formed a SIT to probe the death of Anis Khan.

Two policemen were suspended and a home guard was demobilised on Tuesday, a day after the Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of 28-year-old student leader Anis Khan.

Nirmal Das, Assistant sub inspector (ASI) of Amta police station, Jitendra Hembram, a constable were suspended and Kashinath Bera, a home guard was demobilised.

According to a senior official, the action was taken against them for negligence of duty. Officers of the SIT visited Amta police station on Monday night in presence of Howrah Rural SP Soumya Roy and checked the duty roster of the night on which Khan died under mysterious circumstances. His family alleged that four persons who were wearing police uniform came looking for him, beat him up and pushed him from the upper floor of the house which caused his death. The incident took place in Howrah’s Sarada Dakshin Khan Para village.

Anis’s father Salem Khan alleged that one of the four persons was in “police uniform” and the others were in the uniform of civic volunteers. The family has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He also alleged that despite calling the police station, police arrived in the house after six to seven hours.

The SIT is being headed by ADG (CID) Gyanwant Singh who will be assisted by DIG (CID-operations) Meeraj Khalid and Joint Commissioner of Police (Barrackpore) Dhrubojyoti Dey.

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