Mamata should have waited for probe: CPI(M)

Shiv Sahay Singh
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Three remanded to custody in Park Street rape incident

The two accused in the Park Street rape case being produced in a court in Kolkata on Sunday.PTI Photo
The two accused in the Park Street rape case being produced in a court in Kolkata on Sunday.PTI Photo

Leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's contention that the alleged rape of the 37-year-old woman at gunpoint in a moving car in the city in the small hours of February 6 was “staged to malign her government”, even as a city court here on Sunday remanded three persons in custody in connexion with the incident to police custody till March 3.

The State's former Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said Ms. Banerjee should have waited for the investigation to be over before making such a comment. 

“In the Park Street incident, without knowing details she [Ms. Banerjee] said nothing had happened. She should have waited for the investigations to be completed,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

He was addressing the open session of the CPI(M)'s 23{+r}{+d}State Conference at the Brigade Parade ground. 

CPI(M) State secretary Biman Bose, speaking on the occasion, said the “lie has been exposed”. 

While Ms. Banerjee had said the incident was “staged”, senior officials of the city police have said the incident had indeed occurred.

“The Chief Minister may be a woman. But the government is not making any attempts to ensure the safety of women and their self-dignity…. Because she has said that it is a concocted story,” Mr. Bose said.

Asked by journalists about the comment of Ms. Banerjee in view of the recent unravelling of the incident Trinamool Congress secretary-general and State's Minister for Commerce and Industries Partha Chaterjee retorted: “Can all questions be answered”.

While the city police arrested two persons — Sumit Bajaj, Ruman Khan — in connection with the case on Saturday evening, the third accused, Nasser Ali, was arrested later at night.

The prosecution has moved a case of gang rape against the accused when they were produced in court along with other charges of assault and illegal possession of arms. 

Senior police officials said two more persons, including the one who committed the rape, were still at large. They are believed to have fled to another State and a police team has gone there to track them down.

The Honda city car in which the assault and rape is suspected to have occurred has been impounded by the police and sent for forensic examination.



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