June 10: Unhappy with police investigation, parents of Class VI student Farzan Ali, who has been missing since July, 2011, from Birubari, have filed a writ petition in Gauhati High Court seeking a CBI probe as they suspect the involvement of those involved in organ trade behind his disappearance.
The student’s parents, Fulbar Ali and Uttara Kalita Begum, filed the writ petition (civil) 2754/04 in the court on June 5, challenging the chargesheet filed by city police in the court of Kamrup chief judicial magistrate and sought re-investigation, smelling “foul play” by the police in investigating the case.
Advocates J.I. Barbhuyan and K.H. Choudhury are representing the family in the high court.
Farzan, 12, a student of Little Flower School at Birubari, had gone missing while he was playing in front of their house at Pragatipur hills on July 30.
His father, a daily wage-earner, had lodged an FIR with Birubari police outpost on the next day seeking his whereabouts.
The family members complained to the police that they had received a call from an unidentified person who said Farzan was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh.
Based on the complaint, the police had launched an investigation and arrested six persons, Mahesh Kalita, Dhananjay Kalita, Ranjita Kalita, Samar Kalita, Niren Das and Sukleswar Das, who were sent to judicial custody.
The accused, although admitted to the crime before the police, turned hostile in the court, enabling them to get bail.
The police in the chargesheet said though the boy was killed and dumped in Deepor Beel, they could not trace the boy’s body.
The family had earlier filed a habeas corpus seeking whereabouts of the boy.
The Telegraph on March 12 had highlighted how the family was running from pillar to post in search of their son and justice.
In their writ petition, Farzan’s parents complained that even as the prime accused, Mahesh Kalita, had said they killed Farzan and took his body in an autorickshaw and dumped it into Deepor Beel, the cops did not take Kalita to the spot during a search. They even did not arrest the four others — Ringhtham Daimary, Subrata Daimary, Chandan Daimary and Ribra Daimary of Lokhra — all named by Kalita in his confession.
The family prayed for a CBI inquiry as they suspected that Kalita was involved in human organ trade and Farzan was abducted and killed for the same purpose.
“Mahesh Kalita himself sold one of his kidneys and he knows the procedure of human organ racket, which fetches easy money. Since the police could not trace the whereabouts of my son, we requested the police to probe that angle but they made no such effort even though local people and the informant in the case also told the police about it,” the writ petition mentioned.
Farzan’s family also sought a CBI inquiry as the police not only failed to find the boy’s body and played a “suspicious role” during the course of the investigation.