Amnesty India will move to the Indian Supreme Court challenging acquittal of a Border Security Force (BSF) man in Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatun killing case. Indian human rights body has said it will file a petition as public interest litigation with apex court of the country on July 13. Amnesty India Secretary Sushanto Sarker said, “We will move to the Supreme Court very soon.”
The Felani murder is a very grievous incident and it cannot be Indian culture. The body of Felani remained hung on the border wires for hours, and it is a severe violation of human rights. Fifteen-year-old Felani Khatun was shot dead by a BSF man while she, along with her father, was returning home from India through Anantapur border in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram on January 7, 2011.
Felani’s father appealed to Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh for revision trial in the case. On his appeal, proceedings of the revision trial, held in Cooch Bihar of West Bengal, began from September 22 last year. On July 2, a special West Bengal court of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has upheld its previous verdict after the hearing of the revision trial.
“The court has reached the same conclusion as it did in the previous time and acquitted him on the same grounds,” our New Delhi correspondent reported quoting sources inside the BSF. However, the latest decision is subject to revision and approval by an Additional Director General rank officer, also the competent authority, of BSF based in the eastern sector of the country, according to news agencies.