Kolkata Police today submitted its chargesheet in connection with the Park Street rape case,corroborating the womans allegation that she had been raped in a car on the night of February 5. The chargesheet terms the incident as gang rape.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had called the incident fabricated,intended to malign the government.
The 30-page chargesheet was filed against five persons,of whom three (Ruman khan alias Tussie,Naser Khan,Sumit Bajaj) are in police custody and two including the main accused Kader Khan and Ali Khan are at large.
The investigators have charged the accused persons under Section 376 (2) (g) of IPC (committing gang rape),Section 506 (criminal intimidation),Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
The police submitted the chargesheet 80 days after the FIR was lodged with the Park Street police station on February 9. The police started acting on the case after it was reported in the media on February 14,triggering a huge hue and cry across the city. The alleged rape occurred on the night of February 5,after the victim stepped out of Park hotel with the accused and accepted a lift in their car.
According to court and police sources,the police have recorded statements of 50 persons as witnesses. The woman was taken to Bankshall court area,where she identified the car,in which she was allegedly raped,among several cars.
The chargesheet was submitted in the court of the ninth Metropolitan Magistrate at Bankshall court today.
Ruman Khan,Sumit Bajaj and Naser were charged with impersonating three other persons. They allegedly befriended the woman before raping her in the moving car. The names mentioned by the woman in the FIR were changed after the trio were arrested. Earlier Kader Khan – the absconding youth who had apparently identified himself to the victim as Sharafat Ali – had initially been charged with rape. The rest had been accused of other offences,including impersonation.
The case became more controversial after Damayanati Sen,former Joint Commissioner of Police,Crime,said after preliminary probe that the woman had indeed raped even as the CM and other government ministers maintained that she had fabricated the incident. However,in a recent reshuffle,Damayanti Sen was transferred to a less prominent post as DIG,training,which had been vacant for several years.