Witness claims threats from Sinthee custodial death victim’s kin Times of India, 14 February 2020
KOLKATA: Ashura Bibi, a ragpicker, who was reportedly the sole “witness” to what transpired inside the Sinthee police station minutes before Rajkumar Shaw (53) died in the police custody on Monday, resurfaced 38 hours later with a new complaint that she was being threatened by Shaw’s family. Ashura, who was “brought back” to the night shelter on Raja Manindra Road late on Wednesday from her relative’s residence at Haroa, has also lodged a general diary in this regard at the Tallah police station. “We have informed the magistrate at Sealdah court about her apprehensions. We will act on orders from the court. We have already accorded her police protection,” said a police source. A magistrate went to the Sinthee police station to record the statement of Ashura on Thursday. She had alleged on February 10 that it was the cops who had assaulted Rajkumar inside the Sinthee police station. Since then, three cops have been closed. Her change of statement has already led to speculations, with the Shaw family alleging she was being “tutored”. On Wednesday, the homicide department officers spoke to the Shaw family. Rajkumar’s son Vijay and brother Rakesh were on Thursday summoned to Lalbazar, where they met the investigators to record their statement. Police sources hinted the three closed police officers might be quizzed again. A member of the Shaw family said, “Today, Ashura is blaming us. But it was she who had alleged in front of an IPS officer that my father had been administered electric shock.” Download The Times of India News App for Latest City News.