The activists alleged the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in India rejected their visa applications in order to ‘hinder’ the petition filing process
The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata has denied visa to two Indian human rights activists who are set to file petition with the Indian top court challenging the verdict of a quasi-judicial court that acquitted the self-confessed killer of Felani.
The human rights activists are Indian rights organisation MASUM Chief Kiriti Ray and Indian lawyer Malay Sengupta.
The activists alleged the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in India rejected their visa applications in order to “hinder” the petition filing process, reports bbc bangla.
Regarding the issue, Kiriti Ray said: “We decided to visit Bangladesh for meeting the family members of Felani and collect necessary documents related with the killing case. But, they did not issue us visa.”
Ray further alleged: “It is clear that the Deputy High Commission authorities do not want anyone to take necessary steps to get Felani justice.”
The Deputy High Commission in Kolkata has not made any official comment in this regard.
A Source said some 15 people, including the activists, were denied visa as they “failed to fulfill required criteria.”
Kiriti Ray has been visiting Bangladesh since 2009.
Felani, a 15-year-old girl, was shot dead by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) Constable Amiya Ghosh in 2011. Ghosh was acquitted of his charges by a five-man BSF General Security Forces court early this month.
The BSF later said they would hold a revision of the trial.