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Who killed Anis Khan – an alumnus of Kolkata’s Aliah University

IndiaWho killed Anis Khan – an alumnus of Kolkata’s Aliah University

Anis Khan was associated with the newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF), participated in a movement by Aliah University students against poor functioning of the varsity and had been at the forefront of the anti-CAA protest in Kolkata.

The death of a former student of Aliah University Anis Khan in Howrah district has triggered a political blame game between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its rival Bharatya Janata Party (BJP).

Anis Khan was allegedly thrown off the rooftop of his house by four men wearing a police uniform in the wee hours of Saturday. A group of Kolkata’s cultural figures visited Anis’s house and demanded the arrests of the perpetrators. However, police has denied that any one of them had visited the house of Anis Khan.

The alleged murder of the student from the Muslim community triggered embarrassment for the TMC as the minority community is considered the party’s strong vote-bank.
BJP’s national vice-president Dilip Ghosh said, “the TMC cadres were targeting their political rivals and now they are not sparing their own voters. ‘We demand a high-level probe.”

Anis Khan was associated with the newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF), which was part of the alliance that fought against the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the recent Assembly elections. Earlier, he was a supporter of the CPI(M)’s students’ wing SFI.

Anis had participated in a movement launched by students of Aliah University against the alleged poor functioning of the university. Anis is also said to be at the forefront of the anti-CAA protest at Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.

TMC Minister Firhad Hakim had said outsiders had come from outside. He said the culprits might be from Uttar Pradesh. He stated on Sunday, “This is not the time to do politics. Let the police conduct an investigation to arrest the culprits.” The director-general of police ordered a probe led by an officer of the deputy superintendent of police rank.

CPI(M)’s Rajya Sabha member Bikash Bhattacharya said Anis’s murder was fall out of a plan chalked out at the highest level.

In a complaint lodged with Amta police station in Howrah, Anis’ father Salam Khan alleged four persons, one of them in police uniform barged into his house, asked about the whereabouts of his son. “When I said Anis was not at home, they ran upstairs and I heard a sound. I found Anis lying in a pool of blood below,’’ Salam has demanded a CBI probe.

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