: Heinous murder of Anish Khan, a student activist reflects the grim state-of-affairs in West Bengal #IndiaNEWSAll #Communalism Bengal has a history of glorifying political violence. Killing, torturing
Heinous murder of Anish Khan, a student activist reflects the grim state-of-affairs in West Bengal #IndiaNEWSAll #Communalism
Bengal has a history of glorifying political violence. Killing, torturing and threatening political opponents have become normalised in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee’s rule has taken this culture to new heights. In today’s Bengal, if one tries to organize people politically against the ruling party, oppose the local TMC-land mafia-police nexus, protest against police inaction and brutality, if one demands one’s rights, one might be simply silenced forever – like Anish. A GroundXero report and commentary.
Anish Khan, a 28 year old MBA student of Aliah University and a social movement activist was murdered on 18th Feb 2022. As had been reported by his family members, he was thrown off from the roof of his house in Amta block of Howrah district of West Bengal. According to their reports, a few men dressed in civic police uniform barged into their residence that night around 12. 30 am. They came looking for Anish, found him and after torturing him, threw him off from the roof of their three-storied house.
Salem Khan, father of Anish, lodged an FIR on 19. 02. 2022 in the Amta Police Station, holding the persons dressed as policemen responsible for killing his son. He wrote, “They deliberately killed my son. I don’t know their names, but will surely recognize them. ” As per the FIR, “a few persons dressed as civic police from Amta Police station began to create a ruckus outside our house, they started kicking at our main door, and were calling me by yelling my name. I woke up hurriedly, and saw a few persons dressed in civic policemen’s dresses, armed with guns, and with no woman police, threatening to shoot me down if I didn’t open the door. Scared of my life, I opened the door and they barged inside, pushing me down. They tore down the mosquito net, where the women of the house were sleeping, and kept abusing and asking where Anish was. They were using highly indecent language and even physically assaulted our women. Finding Anish, they dragged him upstairs, repeatedly thrashing him, and killed him. To hide evidence, his body was thrown down from the roof. Crying and shouting we ran and found our son dead. ”
Salem further wrote in the FIR – “Why did the police go to our house that night? Why did the police thrash and kill my son? They didn’t tell me anything even after my repeated pleas? Nor were any summons from court shown. They only said we have come from Amta PS. “
So far, the Amta Police has denied that any personnel from the forces had gone to Anish’s house on that night. Soumya Roy, SP, Howrah rural, said if the policemen had gone to his house, they would have brought him to the police station.