A tribal woman was allegedly gang raped by two youths in Kanksa near Durgapur. The horrific incident of gang rape near Durgapur occurred on Tuesday (February 13) evening, a day before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits Kanksa to inaugurate the second ‘Mati Utsav’.
The tribal woman was raped by two tribal youths in front of her husband after the couple failed to pay Rs 5,000 as per the demands of the youths.
The tribal couple of neighbouring Ausgram police station area was returning from their relative’s house in Piyarigunj village village under Kanksa police station area on their bicycle. They were attacked by two youths identified as Shiba Murmu (22) and Sukumar Murmu (24). The duo detained the couple and threatened them with knives.
The youths, according to the couple, demanded Rs 5,000 in cash which they did not have.
The couple told police the youths then dragged the husband to the opposite side of the road and tied him to a tree. Then they raped the 35-year-old housewife and tried to flee.
However the husband’s cry alerted the residents of the surrounding villages. The chased the two youths and caught them. The two youths were then handed over to police.
CPM alleged that the police was reluctant in lodging the rape complaint. They resorted to blocking the NH2 for half an hour. The blockade was lifted after the police assured them of strict action and stricter vigil in the isolated forest area of Kanksha.
CPM Burdwan district secretariat member Bireswar Mandal said: “We protest the rising incidents of rape and atrocities on women in our state after Trinamool came to power. Tomorrow the chief minister is coming to Panagarh to inaugurate Mati Utsav. We want her to meet the woman and her family.”
The Burdwan SP, Mr S M H Meerza was however prompt to decline the allegation of CPM and said: “ We have arrested the two accused and charged them with gang rape. The medical test on the woman and the accused has also been done at the Durgapur Sub-divisional hospital.”
This incident of gang rape near Durgapur came a day after National Commission for Women Mamta Sharma said: “Law and order have collapsed in Bengal.” She had said this after meeting a tribal girl gang raped in Birbhum in the orders of a Kangaroo court, and two women gang raped by Trinamool supporters in Howrah.