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Faizan’s Mother Writes to WB Minority Commission Seeking Justice

Rehana Ahmed had also written to CM Mamata Banerjee to intervene fearing hindrance during the investigation, case hearing scheduled for July 12 got postponed

Kolkata: Rehana Ahmed, who is fighting for justice for her only son Faizan Ahmed, a third-year IIT Kharagpur student whose body was recovered from campus hostel last year, writes to the chairman of Minority Commission, West Bengal seeking help to get justice.

Faizan, a resident of Tinsukia, Assam was found dead inside the IIT Kharagpur campus on October 14, 2022. IIT authorities and Kharagpur police both claimed that the mechanical engineering student had committed suicide.

But the first postmortem report could not ascertain the cause of Faizan’s death. Later, his parents knocked at the door of the Kolkata High Court, which appointed a retired forensic expert Dr Ajay Kumar Gupta to investigate the IITian’s death. Dr Gupta, requested the court for a second autopsy and after which it came to the fore that Faizan’s death was a case of homicide and not suicide.

The court in its order on June 14 constituted a Special Investigative Team (SIT) led by IPS Additional Director General of Police K Jayaraman to probe further. It had fixed July 12 as the next hearing and submission of a progress report. But on July 12, the case hearing did not take place.

“We have to write to the Minority Commission as there is always a chance that hindrance will be created to slow down the case. And for us, it is very important to know who murdered our son. And why was he killed? Rehana told eNewsroom over the phone from Assam.

My son was a genius, would have got admission at any of the IITs

Faizan had secured 11th All India Rank (AIR) in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), 2020. After getting admission in IIT Kharagpur, he got selected for the Aerial Robotics Research as well as RoboSoccer Research Team of IIT Kharagpur.

The mother recalled, “Our only child was a genius. He would have got admission at any of the IITs in India, but he chose Kharagpur. His ideal was Sundar Pichai, who is an alumnus of IIT KGP, so Faizan wanted to join this particular campus.”

“We had not contemplated that after sending our child to the campus of his dreams we would have to bring his dead body of our young son from IIT Kharagpur,” Rehana rued. “We want a proper as well as speedy investigation and trial,” she added.

A month back, on June 18, the grieving mother had also written to chief minister Mamata Banerjee requesting her to intervene.

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