Two ‘Bangladeshi nationals’ held, one in Mumbai, for West Bengal nun’s rape

Some members of the gang are believed to have escaped to Bangladesh.

By: Express News Service Written by Subrata Nagchowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: March 27, 2015 1:52 am
Bengal nun gangrape Mohammad Salim,one of the accused of nun gangrape case being introduced to the Ranaghat Court by the CID officials, in Nadia on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Twelve days after an elderly nun was raped at a convent in Ranaghat in West Bengal’s Nadia district, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state police claimed a breakthrough in the case, arresting two suspects — one in Mumbai, and the other in Habra in North 24-Parganas district of West Bengal.

Shaikh Salim, who was arrested in Mumbai, was brought to West Bengal on transit remand and produced before the Ranaghat subdivisional court in the afternoon, where the CID slapped charges of rape, extortion, dacoity and robbery (IPC Sections 376, 395 and 397) on him.

CID officers and legal experts at the court said the charge of rape will have to be substantiated with medical proof and other forensic evidence subsequently.

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As per the FIR, there was only one rapist in the gang that broke into the school on the night of March 13-14. Asked if the investigators believed that Shaikh Salim was the individual who had assaulted the 71-year-old Sister Superior, and the CID had, therefore, accused him under Section 376 (rape), DIG Dilip Adak, said, “Everything needs to be corroborated in further investigation when the accused is taken into police custody.”

Adak also declined to confirm whether the arrests on Thursday meant the case had been cracked. “The arrested Shaikh Salim has confessed that he was at the crime scene. It is now to be investigated and verified what role Salim had actually played.”

The DIG said it was also not known why the gang of robbers had physically tortured the septuagenarian nun for over an hour, and left her grievously injured.

Sikandar Shaikh alias Salim was picked up from a jhopar patti on Pirkhana Street in Nagpada, South Mumbai, in the wee hours of Thursday. At 3.05 am, two officers of the West Bengal CID, accompanied by officers of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, swooped on the home of Salim’s friend, where he was allegedly hiding out.

CID sources said investigators had reached Salim by monitoring mobile phone calls. They had also been tipped off by “sources” about an individual in Nagpada who resembled one of the suspects whose sketches the CID had put out after the crime. Faces of four alleged criminals had been captured clearly by CCTV cameras in the school.

The detectives subsequently released three more sketches based on descriptions provided by the victims at the convent.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told The Indian Express in the morning, “The West Bengal team had the lead, they shared the information with us and sought our assistance. Assistance was provided, and the accused was arrested from the Nagpada area, and has been taken away by the Bengal team.”

The second arrest followed late in the afternoon, following Salim’s interrogation. A man called Gopal Sarkar, who lives in Goalbati in Habra, a town close to the border with Bangladesh, was picked up after Salim allegedly told the CID that Sarkar had hosted the gang at his home before the raid on the convent.

The CID said Gopal Sarkar was an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant who had crossed over in 2002, and had been living in Habra ever since.
Shaikh Salim too is believed to be a Bangladeshi national, who was staying in Mumbai.

After landing in Kolkata from Mumbai, the CID officers took Salim straight from the airport to the court in Ranaghat, where they submitted that Salim had confessed to the crime, but the CID needed him in custody in order to make material recoveries and to put him through medical and forensic examination.

The Ranaghat court was barricaded for Salim’s production. No lawyer represented the arrested accused, said Chandranil Chatterjee, a member of the Bar. The CID described Shaikh Salim as one of the masterminds of the Ranaghat rape and robbery case. He could be a Bangladeshi, but his antecedents were still being verified, the CID said. Salim has given the names of other members of the gang, and more arrests are likely, unless the men have fled to Bangladesh, a CID officer said.

(With inputs from Rashmi Rajput in Mumbai)

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    Albert
    Mar 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm
    fake news as usual
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      Dipak Mitra
      Mar 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm
      The accused identified as Sikandar Shaikh alias Salim was arrested - Is he an Indian or Bangladeshi, find it out.
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        Amit
        Mar 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm
        Give this man the same punishment which was given to the rapist of the Naga girl. These people need terrible punishment otherwise they won't behave. Muslims raping non-muslim women should be b e-h e@ded in public
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          Amit
          Mar 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm
          Muslims are involved in these rapes but the secularists and Muslim leaders are blaming the Hindus, this is really pathetic. Those who blamed the Hindu organization should be caught and suitably punished.
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            Baba
            Mar 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm
            Don't blame Bangladeshi. Just read those names, it ain't nothing but filthy Hindo Capis? Tell your people to hold their tool and use it where it's proper.
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              Anuradha Kalhan
              Mar 27, 2015 at 7:28 am
              A very interesting twist, the minorities are attacking each other now and church vandalism is not a communal incident, just petty robbery! Arrest does not mean anything in India. Establishing a motive and proof in court will take 10 years by then everyone will have forgotten the plot! Just how many 'Muslim' youth have been eliminated, arrested and tortured to confess is probably not a state secret any more.
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                POSTER
                Mar 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm
                Oh...that is why RSS started recruiting Muslims to use them to gang rape nuns?
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                  POSTER
                  Mar 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm
                  Surely without brahmin az;oles
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                    POSTER
                    Mar 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm
                    To save the PERVERT BRAHMINS, BLAME IT ON BANGLADESHIS!!!
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                      as
                      Mar 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm
                      Bldy brahmins! They will don anything to prevent them from getting destro. They will even sacrifice international relations. Bldy brahmins.
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                        as
                        Mar 26, 2015 at 8:43 pm
                        I am 100% sure the the rape was committed by brahmins. First, brahmins don't do any criminal activity ALONE. Second, they do it and blame on Hindus/Muslims/Christians. Third they wanted to show that they are the owners of Hinduism. So they rake the Hindus against Muslims as if Muslims are the enemies of Hinduism, whereas Hindus are only against Brahminism. Fourth, brahmins are the most perverted species, more perverted than animals. So they joined RSS knowing very well that RSS stands for Rashtriya Self Stimulation Service(RSSS, the original name abbreviation). Fifth, their cowardice can be easily understood by their act of murdering M.K.hi, Narayan Apte(a womanizer), Veer Savarkar(a homosekual), Nathuram Godse(a partner of Veer Savarkar), Gopal Godse, Shanker Kishtaya, Digamber Badge, Madanlal Pahwa were all brahmin perverts and terrorists.
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                          as
                          Mar 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm
                          It is a good idea to declare independence for West Bengal so that Hindiots can now blame on United Bangladesh and save their AZZ from being called as Gang Rapistanis.
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                            as
                            Mar 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm
                            Probably the effect of coming to GANG RAPISTAN. He would have been a law abiding citizen if he had sta in Bangladesh.
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                              asit guin
                              Mar 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm
                              During LF days, Dhananjay rapist was hanged. During trina days, what happened ? In the park street r-pe case, police worked. But investigating police officer Damayanti Sen is transferred. This caused a wrong signal for miscreants that somebody is there at top to look after them. Irresponsible comments by TMC leadership including party supremo are to be blamed for rising instances of crime in Bengal. These Leaders are responsible for creating a situation where atrocities against women have become common. When a top leader like chief minister says that r-pe is fabricated story, such a thing it is bound to embolden miscreants.
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                                Attu Ram Punjabi
                                Mar 27, 2015 at 11:42 am
                                Rapist of Nun in India as a .................... .
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                                  Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
                                  Apr 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm
                                  so many rapes being committed in India on a daily basis. Even the police are turning a blind eye because it has now become a part and parcel of India. Incest, Rape and adultery are now heard more frequently in the street corners than anything. Is India reviving the Brahma culture?
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                                    Rajesh
                                    Mar 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm
                                    As reported in other media, his name is Mohammed Selim. I am not sure Mohammed became Hindu name.
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                                      Rajesh
                                      Mar 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm
                                      Leftists, pseudo-secular parties of India, Jihadi didi, and the bomb makers at TMC, are the most communal force in India today. Do you know what a dangerous game you are playing? Muzzafarnagar riots were triggered by r@pe. If riots broke out in Bengal because of your communal lies, then the blood of the dead Indians would be on your hands. It is now quite clear who the communal forces that are destroying the harmony of India are. The same people who support terrorists based on their religion, the same people who call our military and intel agencies communal for killing terrorists and keeping us safe, the same communal criminals that permit Bangladeshis to illegally cross out border, the same communal criminals have now turned even r@pe communal. They shamelessly declare themselves "secular" even though they check the religion of the victim before deciding their reaction. Shame on all them, and shame on the Indian media for giving voice to these communal criminal and their attempt to destroy India's secular character for their own vote bank and their own cheap political gains.
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                                        Rajesh
                                        Mar 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm
                                        No, man, the r@pe itself was fake. I am sure some Christian priest r@ped her, like they do to children.
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                                          Biltu
                                          Mar 27, 2015 at 3:42 am
                                          DIDI . NO ONE TRUSTS YOUR POLICE TO ARREST THE REAL CULPRITS.
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                                            CHANCHAL MAJUMDAR
                                            Mar 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm
                                            THERE WAS A METHOD OF DETECTING - WHO IS A) INDIAN CITIZEN FREQUENTLY VISITING BANGLADESH! B)BANGLADESHI FREQUENTLY VISITING INDIA C) BOTH INDIA/BANGLADESHI - MOVING AT WILL! IT WAS SUGESTED TO CONGRESS GOVT IN 1969! IT WAS IGNORED! RESULT IS TODAY'S CRIME!
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