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Calcutta High Court sets up team to probe IIT-KGP student Faizan Ahmed’s death

June 14, 2023

Mita Mukherjee

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of IIT Kharagpur student Faizan Ahmed.

The three-member SIT which will probe the case will be headed by IPS officer K Jayaraman.

The court today also allowed the newly formed team to conduct narco analysis tests on anyone whom it suspects could be involved in the case.

The court granted permission to the team to appoint additional officers for the purpose of further investigation.

 The present investigating officer has been removed from the investigation of the case.

The court also said that Faizan’s remains will have to be sent for burial to Assam from where he hailed.

The newly formed SIT will have to submit the preliminary report on July 14.

The lawyer representing the state government appealed for setting up a medical board for examining the post-mortem report.

Dismissing the appeal, the judge said that there is no need to set up a new medical board. The report of the second post-mortem of Faizan’s body indicates that it could be a case of murder and an appeal regarding further investigation of the case will now have to come from the newly set up team.     

Twenty three year old Faizan hailing from Tinsukia in Assam was found dead inside his hostel room on October 14 last year. He was a student of the mechanical engineering department of the institution.

The court order on constitution of SIT comes a day after Faizan’s remains were exhumed at Dibrugarh in Assam and flown to Calcutta Medical College in Kolkata for a second autopsy under the supervision of court-appointed forensic medicine science expert on May 27 following an order of Calcutta High court.

 On examining the second report, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha said that the case was “likely homicide or murder” and asked the police “to re-transport the body back to Dibrugarh… for the performance of last rites.”

At first after the first post-mortem, which was held at the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, the police had said that Faizan had committed suicide.

Though the West Bengal police had initially said that Faizan had committed suicide, the cause of death could not be established in the first post-mortem report following which the Calcutta High Court ordered a second autopsy of Faizan’s body.

Faizan was found lying on the floor of his hostel room and there were marks on his body, sources in the court said.

An FIR was filed by the police at Kharagpur Town station and the police had suspected that it was a case of ragging.

Later Faizan’s family had moved Calcutta High Court in November alleging that he had not committed suicide and the police was claiming to be a case of suicide as it did not want to tarnish the image of the institution.

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