Members of Congress take part in a rally demanding justice for Anis Khan
Congress activists, led by West Bengal CCP leader Adhir Chowdhury, took to the streets on Sunday to demand justice for student leader Anis Khan whose mysterious death in Howrah district on February 18 sparked protests across the state. Chowdhury, who met the family of the deceased at their home in Amta the day before, led the procession of around 300 Congress workers from ‘Bidhan Bhavan’, the state party headquarters in central Kolkata’s Entally, to at the passage at seven points of Park Circus in the south of the metropolis. The Congress leader held a swag that read in Bengali, ”We demand justice, we demand a high level independent investigation into the state’s plot.” A party activist, walking side by side with Chowdhury, held a sign which read ”We demand a CBI investigation into the murder of Anis Khan”.
The state government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the death of the student activist. After walking a distance of one kilometer, Chowdhury, also the Congress leader in Lok Sabha, said: “I spoke to the father of the victim, Salem Khan. I promised him all help in his fight for ‘Insaf’ (justice) for his son who was murdered. He was a son of Bengal and belonged to the whole state”. Emphasizing that he will fight the “Justice for Anis Khan” battle in New Delhi if necessary, Chowdhury alleged that “the Chief Minister and his government want to silence the voice of protest of the Anis Khan family by giving his brother a job. “. But it cannot silence the call for justice.
”Anis was a strong voice against communitarianism and any program of division. He was an important face of the anti-CAA movement. He opposed the graft of the local establishment. So we need to know who killed him and why he was killed. We want a high-level investigation uninfluenced by the powers that be into the cold-blooded murder.” Anis, a former left-wing student leader who later joined the Indian Secular Front, was found dead outside his residence in Amta the night of February 18. Her father Salem Khan had alleged that three people, wearing police uniforms, raided their home that night and while one held the elderly person at gunpoint, two others went to the incomplete third floor of the house and after a brief argument with the Aliah University alumnus pushed him to his death. DGP Manoj Malviya had said that the SIT would quickly find out the truth within 15 days from February 24 and announced the arrest of two people – a home guard and a civic volunteer from the Amta police station – in connection with the incident.
West Bengal Minister Pulak Roy had recently visited the family and accused leftist parties and organizations of trying to influence the family for political reasons and derailing the SIT investigation. A second inquest into the body of the slain chief was conducted on March 1, after the body was exhumed from a cemetery near his residence by order of the Calcutta High Court. PTI SUS MM MM
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