11 allegedly tortured, ill-treated by border security in West Bengal

Eleven people, some of them accused of cross-border smuggling, were allegedly tortured and ill-treated by Border Security Forces (BSF) in the West Bengal Region.

Golam Mostafa being taken by a private ambulance to a district hospital - Photograph: masum.org.in

Golam Mostafa being taken by a private ambulance to a district hospital – Photograph: masum.org.in

From a submission at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council, item dated 12 December 2013:

According to the information received, medical personnel in the areas concerned refused to examine Mr X, Mr Mondal Chhanarul, Mr Sardar Majim, Mr Molla Boltu, Mr Mondal Rajan, Mr Golam Mostafa, Mr Islam Sariful, Mr Jiyad Ali Gazi, Ms Kunuwara Bibi, Ms Sujar Bibi and Ms Talisma Bibi, out of fear of reprisals by BSF.

Allegedly, police officers refused to register the complaints filed against the BSF, for the same reason, and the cases of the victims have not been investigated.

Furthermore, there are reports of about 200 similar cases concerning torture and ill-treatment committed by BSF and of impunity in this regard.

See this communication by Juan E Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to the Government of India on 12 December 2013.

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