CID to hand over Rizwanur probe reports to CBI


Kolkata : West Bengal’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the mysterious death of Muslim youth Rizwanur Rahman, will hand over all investigation reports to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Roy said Wednesday.

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“The CID should give their investigation report to the CBI regarding Rizwanur case. I have already instructed them to hand over whatever they got in their investigation. But I don’t know whether they have already given it to the CBI or not,” Roy told reporters when he was queried if the CID cooperated enough with the CBI after the probe was handed over to the federal agency following a court order.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Additional Director General (ADG) of CID Bhupindar Singh also sent a letter to CBI Special Crime Branch (SCB) joint director Arun Kumar, informing him that the CID will provide them with support in the case.

The letter also mentioned that the CID will hand over all seized material and recorded statements to the CBI.

The West Bengal CID said it interrogated about 73 witnesses in the case while the CBI, which launched its investigation Saturday, also quizzed several people, including Rizwanur’s wife Priyanka Todi and her uncle Pradip Todi.

A team of CBI officials Wednesday again visited Rizwanur’s workplace, Arena Multimedia, and spoke to some of his colleagues.

The sleuths met a few other people, including Rizwanur’s uncle, and the train drivers who discovered the youth’s body near railway tracks here Sep 21.

Rizwanur, a 30-year-old graphic designer, was found dead with his head smashed barely a month after his marriage to Priyanka, daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi.

The death triggered a public outcry since several top cops were allegedly involved in bringing pressure on Rizwanur to opt out of the marriage at the behest of Ashok Todi.

The CBI team had already examined Rizwanur’s office computer Tuesday and sent it to their laboratory for further examination. They also sent his cell phone and SIM card to the lab.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into Rizwanur’s death on Oct 16, terming the ongoing CID investigation as “illegal”.

Faced with a court rebuke and public protests, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya last week removed five police officials, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, for their alleged collusion with Todi.