The family of the 16-year-old ‘rape’ victim from Sonadanga village in Murshidabad’s Ranitala police station area on Sunday alleged that the OC of Ranitala PS and the SDPO Lalbagh did not allow them to use the word rape in their complaint.
The decomposed body of the teenager had been recovered from a jute field in the village on Saturday morning. The family had alleged that the girl was raped and murdered by the family of one of their neighbours.
When contacted, Murshidabad SP Humayun Kabir, however, clarified that keeping in mind the dignity of the girl, the police did not allow the family to include the word rape in the written complaint that was registered with Ranitala PS on Saturday.
He said, “Though the girl is dead, she is still entitled to respect and her dignity. A political party has been instigating the family to lodge a false complaint against another party’s supporters, naming them in the rape complaint. But this will create confusion. So, we requested the family not to lodge the rape complaint till the autopsy report is ready.”
Nazrul Islam, one of the brothers of the deceased, said that after getting the news of the recovery of the body, the officer-in-charge of Ranitala PS, Biplab Karmakar, had arrived at the scene. So did SDPO Lalbagh Tanmoy Sarkar. Escorted by the policemen, Islam’s two brothers — Majbul Hossain and Mantu Sheikh — reached the police station around 9 am, followed by him.
Islam alleged, “The officers of Ranitala PS kept my two brothers confined in a room till 2 pm and told them to sign a blank paper on the instructions of the OC and the SDPO. But they refused to comply.”He added that later the police gave them a paper with something written on it and asked them to sign it. However, on Sunday morning they came to know that there was no mention of the word rape in the complaint. Islam also said that he and his family suspect Hakdar Sheikh and his family to be the culprits. They even gave the police a few names. But the police have registered a complaint without consulting them, he alleged. He said, “The police even took the Xerox copy of the abduction complaint lodged on June 12, a day after my sister disappeared, from us. Nor did the Ranitala PS give us a Xerox of the complaint they forced us to sign on Saturday. So till now, we have no idea what is in it.”
When the SP was asked to respond to the family’s allegation that they were confined in a room and even now don’t know what is in the complaint, he said, “I have come to Ranitala PS today (Sunday) to probe this case. I will not comment on these issues till the probe is over.”
Incidentally, no one has been arrested in this case. Meanwhile, Murshidabad Congress has called a 12-hour bandh in the district on June 19 to protest against the alleged gangrape and murder of the Ranitala girl.