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Indian govt gets time to submit affidavit

Fellani killing case

Indian govt gets time to submit affidavit

KURIGRAM, Jan 18: The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday gave three weeks to government to submit affidavit in connection with the murder of Bangladeshi teenager Felani by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), reports UNB. The Indian apex court gave the time following a time petition of the state after hearing on two writ petitions filed over the murder, said Advocate Abraham Linckon, public prosecutor of Kurigram court. Felani was killed in gunfire by members of BSF while she was crossing a barbed-wire fence along the Anantapur border in Kurigram district on January 7, 2011. Felani, who used to work as a domestic help in New Delhi, was returning home from India along with her father. Although her father managed to cross into Bangladesh by scaling the barbed-wire fence, Felani was shot by the BSF men before she was able to do so. Photo grabs of Felani's body, laying upside down on barbwire for five hours on the Indo-Bangla border fencing triggered a global outcry. National, regional and international right bodies asked Indian authorities for taking the perpetuators into book. After investigation, the BSF submitted a charge sheet against its constable Amiya Ghosh, who was responsible for the shooting. On August 19, 2013, a special court constituted by the BSF acquitted Amiya Ghosh of the charge. On November 16, 2014, a revision trial resumed at the court. However, the BSF man was again acquitted of the charge. Later, the victim's father appealed to the Indian Supreme Court against the judgment on July 13, 2015.

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