Alipurduar, Nov. 8: Nearly a hundred people under the banner of Alipurduar Civil Society today staged a protest in front of the subdivisional office here to protest against the alleged illegal arrest of Adol Basumata, who later died in prison.
The protesters also submitted a memorandum to subdivisional officer R. Alice Vez. The three forest range offices under Buxa Tiger Reserve remained locked for the third day today. Congress members had locked up the offices to protest against Adol’s arrest and finally his death.
Adol, a 22-year-old BA second year student who was arrested on charges of assaulting a forest official, was found dead in Alipurduar jail on November 2. His father Nagen had alleged that Adol used to be beaten up regularly in prison. He has filed an FIR with the Alipurduar police station against the jail authorities. Nagen also claimed that Adol had been to Alipurduar Employment Exchange on August 24 — the day the forest officials were assaulted — to attend a recruitment drive of the West Bengal police.
Adol’s brother Dhiraj and Nagen were both present at today’s protest meet. “I was dreaming of the day when Adol would get a job and help me run the family. But fate played a different game,” said Nagen.
Parimal Dey, the president of the Society, said despite the fact Adol had sufficient alibi, he was arrested. Sonam Galbo Lama, the employment officer, had confirmed Adol’s presence at the job exchange on that particular date.
“A probe should have preceded the arrest. We demand a judicial inquiry, punishment for the guilty and compensation for the family,” said Dey.
He also expressed surprise that none of the student organisations had protested against Adol’s death though he was a student of Alipurduar College. He said a drive is on to collect signatures for the campaign against the “illegal arrest”.