Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:15:00 GMT | By PTI

SP removed after tribal girl's gangrape

West Bengal chief minister annoyed with police not seeking police remand of the 13 accused


SP removed after tribal girl's gangrape (© Reuters)

Kolkata: Angry with the police for not seeking remand of the accused in the gangrape of a tribal girl at Labhpur, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday ordered the removal of Birbhum district Superintendent of Police C Sudhakar.

Banerjee, who wanted strictest punishment for the culprits, was annoyed with the police for not seeking police remand of the 13 accused who were sent to judicial custody by a court in Birbhum, a top state administration sources told PTI.

Explanations have been sought from Birbhum Superintendent of Police regarding the incident, they said, adding the case would be taken up afresh so that the police remand of the accused could be sought.

The 20-year old woman was allegedly gangraped by 13 persons as they were apparently against her affair with a man from a different community. She is in a very critical condition at Suri Hospital.

The woman's family filed a complaint with the Labhpur police station that the incident happened following a meeting by her community leaders who decided to mete out the 'punishment' for her 'crime' of being in love with someone outside her community.

A section of locals told the media the incident took place after a kangaroo court of tribals gave the shocking 'verdict'.

PROBE ORDERED

The West Bengal Commission for Women on Thursday ordered a probe into the gangrape of the tribal woman.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the horrific incident that has raised hackles across the state, it demanded harshest punishment for the perpetrators.

"We will ensure that the perpetrators of the crime, including the tribal headman who ordered the barbarism, is meted out harshest punishment," commission chairperson Sunanda Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee also laid emphasis on the need for sensitising tribal communities in the state to prevent such incidents.

A medical board has been constituted for treatment of the woman.

"Though her condition continues to be critical, she is stable now. She has lost a lot of blood and only because she is physically and mentally very strong, she could survive the ordeal," Suri Sadar Hospital superintendent Asit Biswas said.

The incident has evoked strong response from several quarters who have demanded stringent and exemplary punishment for the culprits.

"I wonder what kind of times we are living in. How can a few people act as law unto themselves and order such barbarism? What was the administration doing? There is a need to set an example by meting out stringent punishment," famed painter Samir Aich said.

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