statesman news service
BARASAT, 8 JUNE: Residents of Rajarhat, mostly women, blocked the Barasat Kharibari Road for 10 hours today demanding death penalty for those arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a 20-year-old college girl yesterday.
They also gheraoed Mr Jyotipriyo Mullick, state food and civil supplies minister, and Mr Hazi Nurul Islam, Trinamul Congress MP, and damaged the vehicle of the latter when they went to request them to lift the blockade. Members of Mahila Ganatantrik Samity, the women’s wing of the CPI-M gheraoed Barasat police station demanding stringent action against the accused.
The semi-clad body of the victim was recovered from the Kirtipur area of Barasat last evening. An FIR was registered against four youths, following which three accused, including prime accused Anwar Ali, were arrested today. The other two are Nurul Sheikh and Sheikh Amin. All the three were produced before the Barasat court and remanded in custody for 10 days.
The police took the body of the victim to the morgue this morning; locals had prevented the body from being taken away yesterday for over 10 hours pending arrest of the accused. Police said Ali was known to have frequently passed lewd comments at the victim when she used to pass through the area. For months together, she had not said a word. However, on Friday, when she confronted the accused, they allegedly attacked her, beat her up and took her to a deserted place and raped her. Later she was strangled to death.
Locals blocking the road said police will make light of the matter and allow the accused to get bail. Once they are acquitted they will commit similar crimes in future, the protestors alleged.
Women protestors alleged there is no security and college-going students are harassed almost every day. Despite repeated complaints, police had not taken any action against the youths. Every evening, outsiders frequent the bheri (large fishing pond) area ~ where the girl&’s body was found ~ and openly consume alcohol.
Protesters gheraoed Hazi Nurul Islam at Kandu More when he went to request them to lift the blockade. His vehicle was damaged and the windscreen smashed. He was rescued by police. Police also rescued Mr Mullick, who had gone there on a similar mission. He announced a job for the next of kin of the victim.
The roadblock was lifted at around 4 p.m. after senior police officers visited the area and assured stern action against the accused. A police picket has been posted to maintain peace in the area.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose strongly condemned the incident and demanded punishment for the guilty irrespective of their political allegiance. PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya alleged that the police is not pursuing the matter properly.