Two days after a police team allegedly brutally tortured a Parui woman, slashing her with blades and rubbing nettle leaves (bichhuti pata) on her body, there was turmoil in the state over the barbaric attack with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi ordering the director general of police (DGP) to take immediate action apart from the Calcutta high court taking suo motu cognisance of the case.
Meanwhile, lawyer Bikash Bhattacharyya, who successfully argued in the Supreme Court paving the way for a CBI probe in the Saradha scam, declared he would fight for the victim.
“I have asked the DGP to look into the matter and take immediate action,” Tripathi told HT on Monday.
The incident has sparked off protest among the Opposition parties such as CPI(M) and the BJP in the state. The victim alleged that the police team that came to her father’s house in Burdwan on Sunday night was accompanied by two Trinamool Congress leaders accused in the Sagar Ghosh murder case in which Birbum party president Anubrata Mondal was named in the FIR but not chargesheeted.
The police assaulted her to get information on her nephew, a BJP worker, wanted in clashes with Trinamool in Parui.
The Birbhum police brass woke up soon after the Governor directed the DGP to take action. Alok Rajoria, the superintendent of police of the district, has directed the Parui police station to close Kartik Mohan Ghosh, who led the police team that allegedly assaulted the woman.
The high court has also accepted t he case after Bhattacharyya, former CPI-M mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC), filed a petition on the incident asking it to take suo motu cognisance on Monday.
“The court has accepted the case after I drew its attention showing today’s (Monday’s) newspaper clippings on the incident,” Bhattacharyya said.
On the other hand, a BJP delegation led by the party’s state president, Rahul Sinha, met the Governor demanding immediate suspension of the police officers concerned who were involved in the case. “We are going to file a case on the incident before the High Court soon. We requested the Governor to ask the DGP to suspend the police officers concerned. We also demand the chief minister’s statement on the matter,” Sinha told reporters after meeting Tripathi at Raj Bhavan. “We have also demanded that the government must pay Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to the victim,” he added.
“It’s a barbaric incident on a woman at a time when our state is ruled by a woman chief minister,” said actress Rupa Ganguly who has recently joined BJP.
A team of BJP leaders such as party MLA Samik Bhattacharya and Dr Subhas Sarkar visited the victim at Parui on Monday. They also held a meeting with the Birbhum SP.