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Park St victim to take probe to court

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, January 14, 2013
First Published: 12:13 IST(14/1/2013) | Last Updated: 12:16 IST(14/1/2013)

The Park Street gangrape victim is now preparing to fight not only against the accused in court, but also against the police investigation. With free legal aid, courtesy an NGO, she is planning to petition the court, highlighting loopholes in the police investigation and demanding an impartial probe. The victim wants Damayanti Sen back on the case, and has also demanded police protection.

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The woman, who is shocked at the callous police investigation and also the ‘missing’ vital CCTV footage, has claimed a conspiracy in the case.

“I’m shocked that the vital CCTV footage went missing. I’ve already got two advocates and now plan to raise questions against the police investigation. There’ve been loopholes in the police investigation and we’ll highlight it in court,” said Reena (name changed), the 37-yearold Anglo Indian woman.

The case is scheduled to come up for hearing on January 22 at Bankshall Court, where the victim’s advocates are preparing to file a petition. Advocate Anirban Guha Thakurata will be pleading on her behalf at Bankshall Court. Another advocate, Pratik Basu, will represent her in the Supreme Court, where the bail petition of one of the accused, Sumit Bajaj, is scheduled to be heard on January 24.

The advocates have been provided to her free of cost by India’s Smile, a Kolkata-based NGO. “I believe there’s some conspiracy going on. If the vital footage was loaded in a pen-drive, it must’ve been in the hard disk. How did it go missing?” she said.

“We request the government to bring back Damayanti Seninto the case as an exception. We believe she’ll do justice to the case and there’ll be an impartial investigation,” Rajeev Sarkar, secretary of the NGO, said.

In a significant twist to the case, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory’s report said the disk with the CCTV footage at Park Hotel had no images between 9pm on February 5 and 4am on February 6, when the accused were at the disco. Kolkata Police submitted the report to the fast-track court on Wednesday.


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