College girl gangraped, killed in Barasat; three arrested

RapBody of college student was found near a fish pond in Barasat in North 24-Parganas on Friday night.

The body of a 20-year-old college student was found near a fish pond in Barasat in North 24-Parganas late on Friday night. Locals have alleged that the girl was gangraped and murdered. Following the recovery of the body, locals staged road blockades and manhandled several senior Trinamool Congress leaders who visited the area.

The girl was returning home from her tuition class when a group of youths reportedly dragged her to a spot and raped her. Her body was recovered from a pond near her house at 10 pm, said a senior police official.

The victim's father alerted the neighbours when she did not return home till 8 pm and the calls to his daughter's cellphone went unanswered. The girl usually returned home by 5.30 pm, her father said.

The victim's family members told the police that a group of youths used to harass the girl daily in that area. "A complaint of gangrape has been registered. Three persons have been arrested" said a senior police official of the Barasat police station.

Meanwhile, locals gheraoed the Barasat police station and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. On Saturday morning, road blockades were staged and two TMC leaders who visited the spot manhandled.

When local MP Haji Nurul Islam went to the area, locals torched his vehicle. More than five police vehicles were also torched. The Rapid Action Force rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Locals also gheraoed Jyotipiya Mallick, State food minister and an MLA from the district, when he visited the spot. However, the police came to Mullick's rescue.

When contacted, Jyotipriya Mullick said, "I have directed the local administration to set up a police camp in the area. We have also asked the CID to take over the case. The government will provide a job to one family member of the victim."

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