As the Madhyamgram rape victim’s family returned to Kolkata Tuesday after meeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has offered the girl’s father a job that he has accepted, the West Bengal government termed the offer as “politically motivated act violating the federal structure.”
The girl’s father, who met Nitish Monday, was offered the job as a police driver in Samastipur.
“We told Nitish Kumar about the troubles and the miseries we were subjected to, and apprised him of the four attacks on me and my family. The CM then offered me a job and asked me to return to Bihar,” said the victim’s father.
He added that he would shift base to Bihar for his livelihood, but would continue to fight against the administration and the rapists.
“I also told the Bihar CM that I have lost faith in the police and administration in Bengal and their willingness to serve justice, which is why we met the President and sought a CBI probe,” he said.
Meanwhile, cabinet minister Jyotipriyo Mallick said: “We cannot stop anybody from leaving the state. According to the Constitution, people have a right to earn their living anywhere they want in the country. The efforts taken by our neighbouring state in this matter is politically motivated and violates the rules of a federal structure.”
The victim’s father continued to cite “constant threat to his life” as the reason to relocate to Bihar, even though he said he cannot give up the fight for his daughter’s justice.
“We had earlier decided not to leave Bengal, however, there is a threat to my life. I can be killed any time, which will be given the shape of an accident. I do not have faith in the Bengal police. I have to live here to bring justice to my daughter,” he said.
The Bihar government has also written two letters to the state government requesting “proper investigation” into the matter.
“This is the ignorance of officers who have drafted the letter. Law and order is the state’s jurisdiction and no other state can neither interfere nor suggest anything in this regard,” Mallick said.
TMC general secretary Mukul Roy said, “Our government has not ignored the case nor taken it lightly. The charge sheet was submitted in 50 days. The government also wants conviction for the criminals.”
Justifying their decision to accept the job offer, the victim’s father said he would not be able to drive his taxi in Bengal as there is much political pressure on all taxi unions. “I am not able to drive my taxi here. How will we continue with the case if I do not earn? Even though I have decided to accept the job offer, I will be coming to the state till all the accused are hanged to death,” he added.