WB Govt orders judicial probe into Bin Quasem`s death
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 21:32
  
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of CPI(M) MLA Mostafa Bin Quasem at the MLA Hostel here in deference to the request of his son Masum.

"The Chief Secretary will decide the terms of reference of the one-member judicial commission," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

The 70-year-old Quasem, who was elected from the Basirhat North constituency, died after he jumped from the third floor of the MLA Hostel building on May 29.

A suicide note, saying that Quasem was ending his life because of ailments, was found in his room. Later, a torn page was also recovered in which he is reported to have blamed four CPI(M) leaders for forcing him to contest the Assembly elections despite illness.

Police have said it was a prima facie case of suicide, but Quasem's son Masum claimed that his father did not kill himself.

"(Quasem's) son and daughter-in-law lodged an FIR at the Park Street Police Station saying that he did not commit suicide. They also met the police commissioner," Banerjee said.

Stating that police were investigating the case, she said that the judicial enquiry has been ordered to maintain transparency.

"Mostafa Bin Quasem was an MLA. The government has a responsibility to protect the dignity of the House," she said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 21:32


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