The Calcutta High Court Thursday asked the West Bengal government to explain why the investigations into the alleged gangrape and murder of a 16-year-old from Madhyamgram be not handed over to the CBI.
Hearing a plea filed by the teenage victim’s father, a single judge Bench of Justice Dipankar Dutta directed the state government to inform the court about its position within seven days. Directing the state government to provide adequate security to the girl’s family, the court fixed the matter for next hearing on January 15.
The father of the girl, who died of burns after she was allegedly set ablaze, had filed a writ petition before the Calcutta High Court on Monday seeking a CBI probe into the case and had alleged police high-handedness and inaction.
Counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, pointed out that the girl was gangraped on October 25 and despite a complaint filed by the family, the police failed to take any action or provide them security. The girl was gangraped again a day later, by the same miscreants.
For the state government, Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee claimed that the Madhyamgram police station had initiated investigations and arrested all the accused.
However, Justice Dutta was not impressed. He asked, how come the girl was gangraped a second time despite a police complaint being lodged with the police station after the first incident. He also asked why the police failed to provide security to the victim.