Two organisations of taxi drivers held separate protest rallies here on Sunday in protest against the alleged intimidation by the Kolkata Police of the father — a taxi driver by profession — of the gang-rape victim who recently died due to severe burn injuries

Accusing the Trinamool Congress government of not raking any appropriate action against the culprits, the Mahanagar Taxi Owners and Drivers Kalyan Manch organised a demonstration in the city.

‘Protecting criminals’

 “The State government, instead of apprehending the criminals, is trying to protect them,” Prakash Jha, general secretary of the Manch told The Hindu .

He criticised the police’s alleged attempt to take away the body of the victim.

“The police do not have any right to cremate her body, and we are strongly condemning their actions.” he said.

Mr. Jha claimed that about 450 taxi drivers participated in the rally.

Procession

Another organisation, the Kolkata Taxi Operators Union affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress, took out a procession in another part of the city in protest against the police’s move to send the victim’s father back to Bihar where he hails from by “intimidating” him.

“We are taking out this procession in protest against the incident regarding the gang-rape victim,” said Nawal Kishore Srivastav, general secretary of Kolkata Taxi Operators Union. The participants also demanded immediate punishment of those accused in the gang-rape and murder of the teenager.


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