Cases of atrocities on women just seem to be getting more and more unrelenting and bizarre in Bengal. A student of class XI of Mahyampur High School in Malda district was shot at by some goons on Thursday night when she tried to thwart attempted molestation.
While locals alleged that the accused Rintu Sheikh, better known in the area as Rintu doctor, is a known Trinamool Congress supporter of the area, a prominent ruling party leader of the district claimed he is actually a Congress supporter.
The bullet hit the girl in the leg. Locals rushed the profusely bleeding girl to Malda Medical College and Hospital, where the doctors performed an operation to remove the bullet.
The accused are on the run after the incident. “Local police officers are conducting raids. But we are yet to arrest anyone,” said a senior district police officer.
Sources from the village told HT, on Thursday night some criminals of Mahyampur area under the leadership of Rintu Sheikh went to the house of the victim to ask for money. He demanded that the family pay them Rs 25,000. But the father and brother of the victim were not at home and the girl refused pleading inability to cough up such a huge sum.
Locals said, after she refused to pay, Sheikh and his men started abusing the girl. When she protested they pounced up on her, and tried to molest her. When the woman started running to escape their clutch, someone from the gang fired at her, hittin gher in the leg.
“Over the past few months Rintu doctor and his gang are clashing with another Trinamool faction of Mahyampur village over territory domination. Recently, a person was killed in our village in the exchange of fire in the clash between these two factions,” claimed Anwara Bewa, a resident of the area.
Senior Trinamool leader of Malda, Sabitri Mitra, claimed, “Rintu is a follower of Congress leader Dalubabu (Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury). He is a notorious criminal of the area. He has unleashed a regime of terror at Mahyampur area. We have already requested Malda police to arrest him.”
However, a senior Congress leader of Kaliachak retorted, “There are two factions of Trinamool Mahyampur area. Everyone knows that Rintu leads one of those. He is a physically challenged quack has old association with criminals.”
“On Thursday Rintu went to the victim’s house for money to buy fire arms, ammunition and bombs,” added Bewa.