Call to rename Indian HC road after Felani

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The Facebook page had over 13,600 fans as of  01:00am

A call went up on Facebook on Thursday asking the government to rename the road in front of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka to “Felani Road.”

The Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FelaniRoad), which was created around 8am to protest the recent acquittal of Felani’s killer,had over 13,000 fans as of 01:00am.

A status on the page remarked that all that was needed was for people to start using the name.

“Bailey Road is officially called ‘NatokSarani.’ How many people do know that name? So from today the road from Shooting Club to Gulshan 1 will be called Felani Road,” the status read.

“The Indian High Commission and the commissioner’s home are on that road. Let’s see how he avoids taking her name,” it continued.

The Indian High Commission is located onRoad 142at Gulshan 1 in the city.

A special court formed by the Indian Border Security Forceon September 5 acquitted BSF Constable Amiya Ghosh of the charge of killing 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl Felani on the Cooch Behar frontier.

Felani was shot dead while she was trying to climb over the barbed wire fence along the Anantapur border point in Kurigram on January 7, 2011. She was on her way home to Bangladesh from India.

Her father, who was present at the time of the killing, travelled to India with her uncle earlier this month to testify in the special court. The acquittal of the BSF member has sparked outrage across the nation regarding the BSF’s indiscriminate killing of unarmed Bangladeshis which, over the years, have amounted to around 1,000 deaths. The protest also comes after Delhi recently announced it would deploy unmanned aerial vehicles across the Indo-Bangla border for “surveillance” of Bangladeshis crossing the border.

Source: Dhaka Tribune