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
"(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
Stating that police were investigating the case, she
said that the judicial enquiry has been ordered to maintain
"Mostafa Bin Quasem was an MLA. The government has a
responsibility to protect the dignity of the House," she said.