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The Daily Star
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Felani’s father seeks justice

Writes to Indian high commission

Staff Correspondent

Failed by an Indian court, Felani’s father yesterday posted a letter to the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh seeking justice for his daughter’s murder by the BSF.
In the letter, Mohammad Nurul Islam said no BSF member accused of killing her daughter has received any sort of punishment ever since the murder was committed on January 7, 2011.
“As a Bangladeshi citizen, I believe that since the members of Indian Border Security Force are directly involved in the murder of my daughter, the Indian government and its people are liable for it. I demand the Indian government and its people must ensure proper punishment to those involved in the murder of my unarmed daughter, Mosammat Felani Khatun, as well as provide the right compensations for her untimely death,” read the letter.
The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the letter.
A special court in the Indian state of West Bengal on September 6 ruled that BSF constable Amiya Ghosh was not guilty of shooting Felani. He was the lone accused in the murder case.
The 15-year-old girl was shot dead by BSF soldiers while she along with her father was scaling over the barbed wire fences at Anantapur border point in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram to return home from India, where she studied in a madrasa.
Copies of the letter were sent to rights organisations Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) in Bangladesh and Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) in India.Md Nur Khan, director of investigation and documentation unit of Ask, confirmed that they have received an electronic copy of the letter over email.

“We’ll provide all sorts of legal assistance to the victim’s family in this regard and cooperate with Masum in its efforts to provide legal aid to Felani’s family for seeking justice,” he added.
The legal help may include, among other things, finding eye witnesses to the murder or providing documents, if any, of receiving the body of Felani.
“If needed, we’ll also contact other rights bodies in India to ensure that justice is served,” mentioned Khan.


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