BEHRAMPORE, 19 JUNE: Evan as the Congress-sponsored 12-hour bandh to protest the alleged raped and murder of a teenage girl in Murshidabad passed off peacefully today, a 38-year-old widow was allegedly raped and murdered last night near her residence.
The incident took place even as police arrested the prime accused in the alleged rape and murder of the Class XI student which had prompted the Congress to call the bandh.
The widow&’s body was found lying by a pond this morning. The victim’s father alleged she was raped before being strangled to death. She had injury marks on her face and head, eyewitnesses said.
The victim was a Trinamul Congress supporter, said Mr Debabrata Saha, a local TMC leader. However, many claimed she belonged to the RSP. A Trinamul leader, Mr Afzal Hossain Khan, claimed the widow was not raped.
Police have sent the body for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, police arrested Hakdar Sheikh, the prime accused in the alleged rape and murder of the Class IX student whose decomposed body was found on Saturday. The district Congress chief, Mr Adhir Chowdhury, said the "rapist" was arrested because of the bandh-induced pressure. sns