Four Muslim men died in Bengal jail in 10 days; CID to probe allegations raised by family members

After the families of four Muslim men —who were died in West Bengal jail in the last 10 days— have said that the deceased men were grievously tortured to death and alleged foul play, a CID probe into the four deaths has been initiated.

Four Muslim men – Abdul Rajjak, Jiyaul Laskar, Akbar Khan and Saidul Munsi – died in judicial custody at the Baruipur Central Correctional Home, South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal in the last 10 days, according to The Wire.

The police had denied the charges of custodial murder and torture, calling the deaths of these four men one after the other while they were all jailed in the same facility “a coincidence.”

The announcement of CID probe comes after the complaints by family members of the deceased, intervention of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) and a detailed report of four deaths in The Wire.

All the four Muslim men had been picked up by the West Bengal police in separate cases in the last week of July.

Laskar’s family said to the news-portal that he was grievously assaulted inside the Baruipur police station on the day of his arrest and also the following day.

“Three or four days before his death, he met my sister-in-law. He was crying during the short meeting and said that he was being assaulted. If the police say that my brother did drugs, I will accept it. But does that mean they should hit him like that? His body has bruises and injuries,” Sabera Bibi, Jiyaul Laskar’s older sister said to The Wire.