Just days after chief minister Mamata Banerjee promised zero tolerance for rape cases, a tribal girl was allegedly gangraped by six youths in Kharagpur on Saturday night.
The Class 11 student, who was found unconscious with multiple fractures in her hand and spinal cord injuries, is currently undergoing treatment at Kharagpur Railway Hospital. “We’ve arrested two persons and a case of gangrape has been lodged with Kharagpur Town police station. We’re looking for the other criminals,” West Midnapore SP Sunil Choudhuri told HT on Sunday.
Sources said the victim, Gita Murmu (name changed), was talking to her boyfriend near a Durga temple at Mathurakati when six youths who claimed to be policemen approached the couple and demanded money, saying they were committing immoral acts. When Gita’s boyfriend Barun (name changed) said he was not carrying any money, the criminals asked him to go home to get it. When Barun left, the youths assured the girl that they would drop her home at the railway quarters at Nimpura.
“When my daughter didn’t return home till late into the night, we started searching for her. We found her lying almost naked near the temple. We took Gita to the police station before admitting her to hospital,” the victim’s father, a railway employee, said.
“It’s a clear case of gangrape. We couldn’t question Gita since she’s still traumatised. Based on the complaint lodged by her father, we began an investigation and arrested two persons”, an official of Kharagpur Town police station said.
On Sunday, Trinamool Congress supporters staged a protest outside the police station demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. I-G (Western Range) Gangeshwar Singh, who happened to be in Kharagpur, assured them that he would look into the matter.
“We visited the victim’s house and assured them of justice. The police should take steps against the criminals for their brutality,” Trinamool Congress district president Dinen Roy said.