A fast-track court in Kolkata Tuesday framed charges against eight accused in the rape and murder of a college girl at Kamduni in West Bengal on June 7.
Additional sessions judge Sanchita Sarkar framed charges against the eight accused under sections 376-A (causing injury during the course of rape that leads to death),which invites a punishment of life imprisonment not less than 20 years,376-D (gangrape) 120-B (criminal conspiracy),342 (wrongfully confining a person) and 109 (abetment) of the IPC. One of the accused is absconding.
The main accused Saiful Mollah and the others Ansar Ali,Shimamul Ali,Amirul,Bhola Naskar,Amin Ali,Nur Ali and Gopal Naskar were present in the court.
Evidence in the case would commence from September 18,the judge directed. The 20-year-old girl was abducted and brutally raped while she was returning home at Kamduni village under Barasat police station area in the North-24 Parganas district after sitting for an university examination. Her body was recovered from a factory premises at the village. The framing of charges led to an outrage as residents of Kamduni village,who had come to the court for the hearing,later blocked the busy Council House Street nearby and police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse them.
Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee,the counsel for the victims family,said the public prosecutor did not seek framing of charges under Section 302 of the IPC (murder) even though the accused had allegedly killed the girl after raping her. He claimed the girl did not die of injuries due to the rape as mentioned under Section 376-A.