In response to the special court’s verdict
that found the India's Border Security Force (BSF) troop not guilty of murder,
the spokesperson told bdnews24.com that “This is subject to review by a
“We should wait for the final
Felani was shot dead by BSF personnel on Jan 7, 2011, while
trying to cross the barbed-wire fencing near Choudhuryhat.
had provoked huge outrage in both Bangladesh and India as her body was seen left
hanging from the fence for quite a while.
A five-man BSF General Security
Forces court, headed by its Assam-Meghalaya frontier DIG (Communication) SP
Trivedi, conducted the hearings at the Sonari BSF camp near the North Bengal
town of Cooch Bihar from Aug 13.
BSF's 181 Battalion constable Amiya
Ghosh, the prime accused in the killing, was not found guilty because of
‘inconclusive and insufficient’ evidence against him.
Felani's father and
relatives testified in the case. A disappointed father, Nurul Islam, told
bdnews24.com that they wanted “fair justice”.
West Bengal-based rights
group MASUM's Kirity Ray lashed out at the BSF for ‘unleashing a reign of
terror’ on the border and said Felani was a victim of it.
“The BSF trial
was a sham,” he alleged.
It was the first instance of the BSF trying any
of its personnel despite frequent border killings.
Public Prosecutor of
the Kurigram district judge’s court SM Abraham Lincoln, who was helping Felani’s
family, said it would be ‘very unfortunate’ if the BSF Director General approved
“It can encourage the BSF’s mindless attitude, giving the
killings legality,” he feared.
He, however, said they would not be able
to appeal against the judgment as India filed the case against the BSF personnel
and the trial had been conducted in a special court.
“We (Felani’s father
and him) don’t have the chance to appeal. But the Bangladesh government or
Indian people can create pressure on the Indian government for an