New police chief promises security to Rizwanur’s family


Kolkata : After becoming the subject of multiple investigations in the Rizwanur Rahman death case, Kolkata Police tried to project a people-friendly image as newly appointed Commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty called up Rizwanur’s brother and promised security to his family.

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Chakraborty called up Rukbanur, Rizwanur’s brother, Thursday and enquired after him and other family members. The police commissioner also gave him his mobile phone number and asked him to get in touch with him if they required any help.

Rizwanur’s brother had earlier expressed fear of a backlash from people unhappy with the latest developments and sought help from Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

“We were pleasantly surprised at receiving the call from the new police commissioner. We hope the police will cooperate with us,” he said.

A police picket was posted outside their home at Tiljala in central Kolkata Thursday after a stranger warned Rukbanur about possible attacks on the family.

Rukbanur had been invited to inaugurate a Durga Puja in Barasat, on the city’s fringes, by members of the All India Minority Forum Wednesday. Just as he was about to leave home, a stranger warned him against venturing out.

“He told me I would be attacked at the pandal and I would be taking a big risk if I went there,” he said.

“Ever since we got the threat, we have decided not to take any chances. We do not feel comfortable going out,” said Zahida, Rukbanur’s wife.

Rizwanur, a 30-year-old computer graphics designer, was found dead beside a railway track here with his head smashed on Sep 21, barely a month after marrying Priyanka, daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi. During that month, he was reportedly under repeated pressure from policemen to annual his marriage.