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SDO calls for girl in Rizwanur rerun

Malda, Oct. 3: A police inspector has been asked to produce his daughter before the subdivisional officer (SDO) after her husband complained that she had been taken away forcefully by her family.

Ashim Kumar Raha, the circle inspector of Gajole, 40km from here, will have to bring his daughter Poulomi before Sadar SDO Arunima De on October 16.

Wiser after the Rizwanur-Priyanka incident, the district administration is treading cautiously. Rizwanur Rahman, 30, who had married businessman Ashok Todi’s daughter Priyanka against her family’s wishes, was found dead on the railway tracks on September 21. His written allegation that Lalbazar (the police headquarters) had colluded with his father-in-law in armtwisting him and trying to break up the marriage has provoked public outrage.

In almost a rerun of the Rizwanur case, Poulomi, a third-year science student of Malda College, had married Raj Kumar Saha, the owner of a gift shop near Gajole police station, on August 20 under the Special Marriage Act. The next day, Raha had allegedly raided Raj Kumar’s house with a few constables and taken away his daughter.

The 26-year-old youth had complained to the SDO and the Association for People’s Democratic Rights (APDR) after his appeal to the Gajole police and the district police chief to help him get back his wife went unheeded.

De sought a report from the district police authorities. The report said the girl had been “lured” away by Raj Kumar.

“But I will first talk to the girl to get her version of the story and then take steps accordingly. She has been asked to come before me on October 16,” said De.

After Poulomi was taken away by her father, a humiliated Raj Kumar attempted suicide by consuming poison. He recovered after three days in Malda hospital.

Raha, however, claimed that he had never used force to bring back his daughter. “She has realised her mistake. She is an adult and can take decisions on her own,” Raha said.

Scared to stay at Gajole because of the numerous threat calls flooding his mobile, Raj Kumar has been fighting for justice from Malda town.

District superintendent of police Dilip Mondal said: “I have received a report against one of my subordinate officers. It is being probed.”

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