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Despair and Hope

The cost of love

December 03, 2007

Rizwanur and Priyanka tie the knot clandestinely and the girl moves to Rizwanur's modest home.

Her rich (his business's estimated worth: Rs 200 crores) and very well connected father Ashok Todi allegedly uses his clout with top Kolkata police officers to threaten Rizwanur and force Priyanka to return to her parents's home indefinitely.

Priyanka resists initially, but on being informed that her father has 'suffered a mild cardiac arrest' she returns home. Soon after, Rizwanur's body is discovered. With his skull crushed, beside a railway track.

Though the Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry reportedly labels Rizwanur's death a suicide, neither Kolkata's intelligentsia nor Rizwanur's kin agree with that verdict. "It is a well-planned murder," alleges Professor Rahman.

"I met Rizwanur's family and was amazed by their liberating thoughts on religion. In fact, Rizwanur's family told me he was planning to embrace Hinduism to end the dispute over their marriage," he continues.

Image: Priyanka Todi

Also read: Rizwanur death: Protest gathers momentum
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