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WB CM meets Rizwanur's family, admits police involvement
West Bengal Chief Minister had to call on Rizwanur’s mother after she refrained from meeting him earlier. He said he was sad and admitted that the police had intruded into Rizwanur and Priyanka's marital life and had a definite role in his death.
UNDER MOUNTING pressure to act against the police, the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met graphics designer, Rizwanur Rahman’s mother at her home on Saturday, three weeks after his death. In what was obviously a damage control exercise, albeit late, he assured the family of justice and said he was aware the police was involved.
The Chief Minister, who is known to drop in on families who have suffered tragedy, had black flags being waved at him and posters demanding ‘justice’ and slogans like “Chief Minister hai hai” and "Please give us justice".
Rizwanur’s mother, Kishwar Jahan, was expected to meet the Chief Minister but later changed her mind saying that she had no faith in the government.
On Friday, Bhattarchjee said it was his misfortune that Rizwanur’s mother had declined to meet him, but he was still wanted to talk to her. He had arranged a meeting with Kishwar Jahan on October 10 through CPI(M) MP, Mohammad Selim and MLA Robin Deb after having learnt that she wanted to meet him. Kishwar, however, had denied any knowledge of a meeting being set up.
On Saturday he requested the family to have faith on the CID and the judicial probe instituted. “After the inquiry action will be taken against everybody found guilty including the police officers,” Rukbanur, brother of Rizwanur quoted the CM as saying.
The Chief Minister told the family he was aware that the police had a role in Rizwanur’s death and that officials in Lal Bazaar intruded in Rizwan and Priyanka’s marital life. He promised action, but asked for time. “He promised us justice," Rizwanur’s mother said and rather haltingly added, “We have some faith” in him.
The family, which has been demanding a CBI inquiry, reiterated their demand when the CM met them.
The West Bengal government has been maintaining that a CBI probe cannot be initiated into the case since there is no record of a complaint of the police allegedly threatening Rizwanur.
The Chief Minister has been hedging on taking action against the police and has landed former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu in some embarrassment. Basu had announced last Friday that two police officers have been removed. Nothing happened. Earlier he was extremely critical of the Kolkata Police Commissioner, Prasun Mukherjee for his tasteless comment that couples from different financial and social status are incompatible. To which Basu had said in the Marxist ruled state “we have never made such class distinctions”. The Police Commissioner had also jumped the gun and defending the police had said it was suicide even before the investigation got underway. The nonagenarian Chief Minister had also hinted at the Police Commissioner’s removal.
Basu yesterday was candid and said that he spoke to Bhattacharjee and asked him why nobody was being removed. “I told him that he had asked me to tell the media (that action against the police will be taken soon) and so I had briefed them. But now they are saying that they (the police officers) have not received any letter (detailing punishment). Buddha told me that there has been a change of decision,” the former Chief Minister was quoted as saying in the Kolkata press.
Basu also said that that after talking to Bhattacharjee he had come to know that another reason for not initiating action against the police was that court case filed by Rizwanur’s family for a CBI inquiry.
 He expressed surprise at the delay in the CID probe and said, “I don’t know whey this probe is taking so much time.” He added that he was not aware as to what is happening to this inquiry. He said Rizwanur’s family was welcome to meet him.
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