A 29-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by a group of robbers in a local train in West Bengal’s Burdwan district. The incident took place in Katwa on Saturday night. The five armed men were posing as passengers in the Ahmedpur-Katwa passenger train.
Around 7.30 pm, when the train was passing through Pachundi — 170 km from Kolkata — they raised an alarm, saying a child had fallen from the train.
The passengers pulled the chain. When the train stopped, one of the men held the driver and the Government Railway Police (GRP) guard at gunpoint and the others robbed the passengers. When a woman in the ladies’ compartment tried to resist, three of the men dragged her out and raped her.
The Katwa GRP has registered a rape case. A GRP officer said three men have been detained for interrogation. But following a visit to the spot, director general of police Dilip Mitra said the GRP will probe the robbery case and the state police will investigate the rape. “We have sent the victim for a medical examination,” Mitra said.
On Sunday, local Congress and CPM supporters demanded security in trains.