PIL seeks SIT probe into Barasat rape-murder

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A PIL was today filed in the Calcutta High Court seeking intervention in the probe into the alleged rape and killing of a college student in Barasat on June 6.

The petition urged the court to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case under the monitoring of the High Court. The case will come up for hearing tomorrow.

On June 6 afternoon, the 20-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by local youths while she was returning home.

After the incident, Food Minister Jyotipriya Mallick went to the village but protesting locals forced him to leave. The residents continued the agitation for a few days demanding punishment of the culprits.

The state government, meanwhile, has handed over the probe to the CID. The PIL sought an order to stop the CID investigation.

Barasat residents stage protest

KOLKATA: Residents of Kamduni village in Barasat hit the streets on Monday to protest against the alleged gangrape-murder of a college student in the area on June 6.

People turned up in huge numbers and traffic at Kamduni More came to a standstill in the morning. Protesters pulled down the wall behind which the alleged rape took place. RAF was deployed to tackle the situation.

The protesters demanded immediate arrest of all the accused. They also sought roads with proper lighting, police kiosks at regular intervals and upgrading of government schools to the higher secondary level so that girls do not have to travel too far to study.

The victim's brother has sought to meet the Chief Minister, for which the family members will visit Writers' Buildings on Wednesday.

SHRC takes suo motu cognizance of case

Taking suo motu action, the state human rights commission on Monday directed the IG, south Bengal , to investigate the rape and murder of a girl at Barasat. "State Human Rights Commission had taken a suo motu cognizance about the Barasat rape case and we have asked the IG south Bengal to submit a report within three weeks," Sujoy Haldar, a senior official of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, said. PTI

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