A special court set up by India’s Border Security Force has reportedly upheld its previous verdict that acquitted BSF Constable Amiya Ghosh of the charge of killing Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatun at the Cooch Behar border.
BSF General Security Forces court passed the verdict after conducting hearings of the revision trial, BBC Bangla reports quoting several source in the BSF.
However, the verdict needs the approval of BSF director general.
Felani’s family can challenge the verdict in the Indian court.
In 2013, the same court found BSF’s 181 Battalion Constable Amiya Ghosh, the prime accused, not guilty because of “inconclusive and insufficient” evidence against him.
Felani, a 15-year-old girl, was shot dead by BSF while she was returning to her home in Bangladesh. As she tried to climb over the barbed-wire fencing along the Anantapur border in Kurigram on January 7, 2011, her clothes got entangled in the wire and the BSF fired at her, hearing her screams.
Her body was left dangling on the barbed wire for nearly five hours and she was reportedly alive for at least four hours after being shot.
The photograph of Felani’s bullet-ridden body hanging from the barbed wire was published in the local and international media, following which there was an outpouring of demand for justice.