2 Indian rights activists denied Bangladeshi visas
Two Indian rights activists, who are set to file a public interest litigation with the Indian Supreme Court regarding Felani Khatun's murder, were denied visa from Bangladesh yesterday, reports BBC Bangla Service.
Six days after they applied for visa, Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata denied visa to Kriti Roy, chief of Indian rights body MASUM, and Malay Sengupta, a retired judge, as per the report.
The rights activists said Bangladesh government had not permitted them to visit Bangladesh to stop further proceedings regarding the killing of the teenage Bangladeshi girl in 2011 by the India Border Security Force (BSF).
On September 6, a special court in the Indian state of West Bengal ruled that lone accused Amiya Ghosh, a constable of BSF, was found "not guilty" of shooting Felani.
The 15-year old girl was shot dead as her clothes got stuck in the barbed-wire fence at Anantapur border point in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram while she was crossing into Bangladesh from India on January 7, 2011.
Rights activists, both home and abroad, reacted sharply after the acquittal of the lone accused. BSF then decided to hold a fresh trial.
Kriti Roy told BBC that they had sought visa from Bangladesh to gather information and meet Felani's family members to file a public litigation and that they were supposed to come to Dhaka yesterday.