party acts against ‘politicisation’ of madhyamgram gangrape
Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 6 January
The Trinamul Congress has launched a state-wide campaign against the CPI-M&’s and Congress&’s attempts to “politicise” the Madhyamgram gangrape to “tarnish” the state government’s image.
The state Congress leadership will write to the President to put pressure on the state government for a CBI inquiry.
“The police has arrested all the accused named in the FIR and a chargesheet was filed within 54 days in the Madhyamgram rape case. Even the accused named in the FIR in DumDum has been arrested,” said Mr Subrata Bakshi, the Trinamul Congress&’s state president.
He added, “Our party workers and leaders are organising street corner meetings and rallies to protest against these slanderous campaigns orchestrated by the CPI-M, the Congress and the BJP.”
Mr Mukul Roy, the Trinamul&’s all-India general secretary, said, “Although the Opposition is bringing up one issue after another ~ chit funds, rape cases and atrocities on women ~ the people have given their mandates in favour of the Trinamul Congress.”
He denied that police has “hijacked” the body of the victim. He, however, said that Tapasi Malik’s body was not allowed by police, then under the CPI-M, to be carried to her village in Singur for cremation.
“Neither are we able to send the bodies of six martyrs in the 13 July police firing case to their respective villages because police didnot allow us,” the TMC&’s all-India general secretary said.
PIL on gangrape case
A petition seeking a CBI investigation into the incident of rape and murder of a girl in Madhyamgram has been filed in the Calcutta High Court today. The matter is scheduled to be heard on 9 January.
The case has been filed on behalf of the deceased’s father by Mr Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya and Mr Rabishankar Chattopadhaya.
The incident has rocked the state ever since the girl succumbed to burn injuries at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital.
She had been allegedly raped and set on fire. Six persons have been arrested in this connection.
The Left Front and Congress closed ranks and are criticising the Trinamul Congress state government. While Trinamul leader Mukul Roy has claimed an accused is a CPI-M activist, both PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya and Front chairman Biman Bose have held the state government for failing to protect the girl despite a complaint to the police.
The Opposition leaders had also drawn attention to the silence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who happens to be the police minister in connection with this incident.