Centre rejects CBI probe in Ranaghat nun gangrape case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2015 02:20 IST

The Centre has rejected the West Bengal government’s request for a CBI probe into the gangrape of a 71-year-old nun at a convent school in Nadia district.

The West Bengal CID has already achieved a breakthrough by arresting two suspects in the case.

According to a home ministry official, a recommendation of the West Bengal government had been received for a CBI probe in the gangrape case but the ministry has expressed regret and rejected the request.

“The decision had been communicated to the state government,” said the official.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on March 19 that a CBI probe had been recommended in the case considering the seriousness and sensitivity of the matter and had assured the central probe agency of all cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

The first arrest in the case was made in Mumbai when Mohammed Salim Sheikh alias Salim was picked up, followed by the arrest of the second suspect, Gopal Sarkar, again in Mumbai.

Both of them are allegedly Bangladeshi nationals.

A study of the CCTV footage at the convent in Ranaghat sub-division had shown visuals of four people who were allegedly involved in raping the 71-year-old nun.

It is suspected that the gang broke into the school and three-four of them raped the woman after gagging her and later took away Rs 12 lakh kept in a locker.

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