Barasat remained tense on Saturday as locals blocked roads, hurled stones at vehicles, including that of a Trinamool MP, set fire to houses and gheraoed the local police station in protest against the gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old college girl on Friday evening.
The body of the victim, a second-year BA student of Derozio College in Rajarhat, was found in a semi-naked condition beside a pond at Barasat’s Kamdhoni, around 25 km from Kolkata. The girl was returning home from tuitions on Friday evening when the incident occurred.
Till late on Saturday, police arrested five persons in connection with the gangrape and murder. Out of them, three were remanded in police custody for 10 days. In another development, the CID took up the probe in the case.
Earlier, as soon as the news of the incident spread on Friday night, agitated locals started demonstrating and ransacked three police vehicles when the cops tried to take the body away for a post-mortem. Police had to resort to a lathicharge to recover the body.
The agitation continued on Friday night and intensified further on Saturday as more locals joined in, blocking almost all roads in the Barasat-Rajarhat area. Some of the agitators even demanded that chief minister Mamata Banerjee personally comes down to the area to assure the women of their safety and see to it that the guilty are severely punished.
Food minister Jyotipriya Mullick, who met the protesters on Saturday following orders from Mamata, was gheraoed the moment he stepped down from his vehicle. Mullick assured the aggrieved locals that the government would give a job to a next of kin of the victim.
Basirhat Trinamool MP Haji Nurul Islam, who also visited the spot, was, however, not as lucky as Mullick as locals hurled stones at his vehicle.