Rights activists call for appeal to review Felani verdictSM Atik . Rajshahi
Rights activists on Thursday formed a human chain in Rajshahi city protesting the acquittal of the lone accused in Felani Khatun killing case by a special court of Indian border forces.
International Human Rights Organisation Ain Sohaita Kendro organised the programme at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city at around 11:30am.
A large number of teachers, students, social welfare and cultural activists and political leaders joined the hour-long human chain that was about half a kilometer in length.
Speakers at the human chain said they had hoped that India would set an example by punishing the BSF constable for the killing, but the verdict made a mockery of justice.
They said it was a travesty of what they called trial. It was really a matter of disappointment and frustration not only for Felani’s family but also for the whole nation. The Indians failed to ensure justice, they added.
Speakers from the human chain urged the foreign ministry of Bangladesh to move with the Falani issue to ensure justice to her family as well as to all Bangladeshis.
They said the government should move with an appeal to review the verdict.
Sardar M Anisur Rahman, coordinator of Odhikar Rajshahi, said, ‘We did not expect such a verdict because the fact is Felani was shot dead.’
He urged the government to take the case to the international community so that they put pressure on the Indian authorities.
If the Bangladesh government could not react properly, the people would lose their faith in the government as it failed to achieve any major success in the bilateral relations with India, he added.
Jamat Khan, Rajshahi Rakkhan Sangram Parishad general secretary, said the verdict in Felani murder case had shocked the people of the country.
‘It is unfortunate. We demand a fair trial from the authorities concerned in India,’ he said.
International Human Rights Organisation Ain Sohaita Kendro president Shamim Hossain, general secretary Ayub Ali Talukdar, adviser Khan Masrur Rahman and rights activist Jamil Hossain Jony, among others, addressed at the human chain.
A special court of India’s Border Security Force acquitted Amiya Ghosh of the BSF of the charge of killing Felani Khatun.
The General Security Forces Court of the Border Security Force in Koch Bihar district of India said that BSF constable Amiya Ghosh was not guilty of shooting the 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl as she had crossed into Bangladesh from the Indian side in January 2011.
The Indian border guards shot dead Felani when she was crossing the border into Bangladesh over barbed-wire fences at Anantapur border in Kurigram on January 7, 2011.
The incident and a photograph of Felani stuck in the barbed-wire fence after being shot caused local and international outcry.
She was one of 214 Bangladeshis killed along the borders between January 2009 and June 2013 after the Awami League-led government assumed office.
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