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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Rapists set me on fire: Bengal girl's dying statement

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, January 01, 2014
First Published: 19:12 IST(1/1/2014) | Last Updated: 14:02 IST(2/1/2014)

The 16-year-old West Bengal gang-rape victim, who was believed to have attempted suicide, had in her dying statement told the police that the same men who had allegedly raped her set her ablaze.
 
"In her dying declaration before Dr Sudipta Singh and investigating officer Saidullah Sana at the (RG Kar) hospital, she said Ratan Sil and Minta Sil, who were accused in the rape case, set her on fire," said additional deputy commissioner (airport division) Nimbala Santosh Uttamrao.
 
He said the police have now added the murder charge to the case.
 
The girl’s father also said the accused tried to burn her alive because she had complained against them. He was upset, however, because “the police sat over her dying statement and did not book the accused for murder”.

Read: Kolkata erupts in protest over Madhyamgram rape victim’s death
 
Till Tuesday, media reports said she attempted suicide because the criminals had been tormenting her with taunts about the double gang-rape—on October 26 and the next day when she dared to file a complaint with the police.

Her father said she was set afire on December 23 at the rented house in the airport area where the family was forced to shift from Madhyamgram after threats by the accused.

She had sustained more than 65% burn injuries and died on Tuesday.

Later in the day, the girl’s father met governor MK Narayanan and demanded death penalty for the accused. He also sought security for his family, alleging the police and some goons on Tuesday asked him to leave West Bengal.
 
"The police officials last night threatened me and asked me to leave the state and return to Bihar with the body. The police officials and some local toughs also threatened that if I did not they would stop me from driving my taxi," said the victim's father, who is a taxi driver and member of CPI(M) trade union Centre of Indian Trade Unions (Citu).

Read: Politics over Bengal gang-rape victim’s body
 
Left leaders and activists had clashed with the police over the cremation of the girl’s body, triggering a war of words between the ruling Trinamool Congress and CPI(M), while   Congress state president  Pradip Bhattacharya demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.
 
TMC general secretary Mukul Roy said, “The opposition CPI(M) is trying to tarnish the image of our government across the country. But the recently held elections in the state show people have rubbished their plans.”
 
Shyamal Chakrabarty, Citu president and CPI (M) central committee member said, "Are we living in a democracy? A girl is gang-raped, she dies and the police forcefully try to take away the body to cremate it rather than arresting the culprits."


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