Kolkata, West Bengal police have detained eight suspects in connection with the gang-rape of 71-year-old nun in Nadia district.
Reports suggest that all the detained persons have criminal cases against them. Nadia Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh said the interrogation of the eight persons was on and extensive searches were being conducted across the district. The Sister Superior of Jesus and Mary’s Convent School, who is admitted to Ranaghat Hospital, is said to be stable now, hospital authorities said.
The 71-year-old nun was allegedly gang-raped inside a convent school in Nadia district of West Bengal yesterday. Police have obtained CCTV footage of four of the accused in the alleged gangrape and also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused.
According to authorities of the local convent school in Ranaghat sub-division, three-four people broke into the building at around 12:30 am and raped her after gagging her. They also decamped with Rs 12 lakh kept in the almirah locker after raping the nun. The nun was taken to Ranaghat Hospital by the school hostel authorities in the morning when the matter came to light. BJP has condemned the incident and slammed the West Bengal government the poor law and order situation in the state.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered a CID probe into the incident and promised “swift” and “strongest action” against the culprits. She said religious politics was being practised in the name of “ghar wapasi” and that religious fanaticism is on the rise. “We strongly condemn the incident that took place at the Ranaghat Convent,” she said.
“We have ordered a CID probe. The agency will be examining all aspects of this horrific crime. Swift, strongest action to be taken against the culprits,” Banerjee added.
District Magistrate P B Salim, who rushed to the spot, told PTI it was a heinous act and police were already on the lookout for the gang members. “We are yet to get a full picture of the incident,” the DM said. Aggrieved guardians of students blocked the arterial NH 34 and Sealdah-Ranaghat rail tracks from 12 noon as the news spread like wildfire in the locality.
West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi hoped that the culprits would soon be arrested and the public also have a responsibility to help authorities to catch them.
“No one should insult any religious institute like this. I am sure that this government will do its best to catch the culprits”, the Governor told reporters on the sidelines of a programme in Kolkata. State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim termed it as an “attack on humanity” and also sought to link it to Sangh Parivar’s ‘Ghar Wapsi’ programme.
“A religious fanaticism has been created in the country. Different churches are being attacked at various places. In the name of ‘Ghar Wapsi’, people are being religiously provoked,” he said. (Source- www.newsroompost.com)