Demanding justice for the 38-year-old woman who was allegedly raped in a moving car in Park Street area here on February 6, 2012, members of civil society took to the streets here on Tuesday in protest against the Trinamool Congress government’s inaction over the incident.
Among them were a few who had backed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the run-up to the 2011 Assembly elections in the State.
They also criticised Ms Banerjee’s remarks made days after the incident describing it as “staged” to malign her government and claimed that her remarks had influenced police investigations.
“The incident was not staged as she had claimed. Two of the accused are still free. It has been about a year since the incident occurred and we feel that the culprits should be arrested. That is why we are marching to the Park Street police station to file a deputation,” said painter Samir Aich.
As the police stopped the protestors from entering Park Street, they squatted at the intersection in protest.
Hundreds of people including members of civil society wore black badges, held aloft posters saying “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” and participated in the protests that they described as “Citizens Protest” demanding justice to the victim.
A section of the State Congress leadership led by Pradip Bhattacharya, president of the State unit of the party, also participated in the protests.
“An attempt is made to stifle the voice of democratic protests in the State. Such an attitude by the State administration will result in massive protests by the people in future,” Mr Bhattacharya said.
Later during the day a silent procession was organised by Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Congress MP Deepa Dasmunsi.