On Friday (April 21) morning, the dead body of a 17-year-old Dalit girl was discovered floating in a canal in West Bengal’s North Dinajpur district’s Kaliagunj area. The kins of the victim allege that the teenager was raped before being murdered. The girl had gone missing on her way to tuition classes on Thursday.
Police have arrested two individuals, including one Javed Akhtar, whom the victim knew.
Meanwhile, angry locals along with the victim’s family members blocked a road with her body, demanding justice for the victim and strict punishment for the culprits, alleging it was a case of gang rape. Police reached the spot and started raining lathis and tear gas on the locals to disperse them. Some media houses like The Indian Express reported that the protesters pelted the police with bricks which led to a lathi charge.
Several people were reportedly injured in the incident while police detained several from the spot. A large contingent of police personnel was reportedly deployed in the area to avoid escalation.
According to the district SP, Sana Akhtar, two people have been arrested based on a complaint filed by the deceased’s relatives. Concerning the lathi charge and use of tear gas shells, he stated that it was necessary to do so in order to obtain the victim’s body and conduct the postmortem as quickly as possible in order to avoid the loss of critical evidence.
After the incident, the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the state assembly Suvendu Adhikari alleged that the police didn’t allow the BJP MLAs to meet the victim’s family. He also accused the police of “diluting” the evidence.
Pointing out the West Bengal police’s apathy and highhandedness, the BJP leader shared a video wherein the West Bengal police were seen dragging the victim’s body in an apathetic manner.
Taking to Twitter, Adhikari said, “The @BJP4Bengal MLAs weren’t allowed to visit the victim’s family & were involuntarily taken to a Police Station & made to sit there forcefully, because how else would @WBPolice suppress information & dilute evidence. They’re dragging the victim’s body in such undignified manner”.
Questioning the law and order situation in the state, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari tweeted, “Sorry state of Law & Order situation in WB as @WBPolice is busy with making security arrangements for ‘Bhaipo’s Nabajowar’. Unfortunately the common people; especially women are paying the price. The perpetrators are getting emboldened due to the inaction of the state government.”
Meanwhile, NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo tweeted that a fact-finding team will be visiting there to conduct an investigation. “The NCPCR has taken note of reports of gang rape and murder of a Dalit girl child in Raiganj, West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur district,” he tweeted.
The NCPCR chief alleged that the Chief Secretary of the state and the North Dinajpur Collector are not responding despite the body informing them about the incident.
“We have received the info about the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Kaliyaganj in North Dinajpur and we are going to investigate it. It is very saddening that we informed about this incident to the chief secretary of the state govt and the collector of North Dinajpur in the afternoon, but we have not received any reply yet. We are trying for justice for the girl,” the NCPCR chief was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Bharat Voice Admin: Netizens on social media shared a video of the minor Dalit girl’s naked dead body being dragged away by West Bengal Police on the alleged instructions of Dinajpur district’s SP Sana Khan. The social media messages also put up a picture of the main accused as Javed who is accused by locals to have gang raped and brutally murdered the minor Dalit Hindu girl with four of his friends. The minor girl’s body was found naked in a canal.
Picture of main accused Javed circulated in social media
The incident and the treatment of the police to the dead body of the young victim girl reportedly angered the locals and triggered huge protests. The police has said to have dealt very harshly with the angry protestors who were outraged by the dastardly incident. There has been an unprecedented increase in attacks on Hindus in West Bengal since the TMC govt came to power again in May 2020.
Few weeks back peaceful Ramnavami processions in Muslim dominated areas were attacked by large scale arson, stone pelting and loot, leaving Hindus terrorized and forced to flee due to fear of jihadi terror. Hindus are being hunted in their own country of origin and birth and yet painted as hate mongers by vested interests in western media.
It is hoped that the perpetrators of this blood curdling crime of alleged gang rape and murder of a young minor Dalit girl are brought to justice with fair investigation and the policemen who dragged the nude body of the victim girl on the street should be booked for disrespecting the victim girl even in death even as they failed to protect her from brutal gang rape and murder.
Article appeared earlier on Opindia republished with Title change and BV Admin note under content sharing agreement with smart4bharat.com