Raniganj Police driver hurt,8 held for violence
The alleged rape of a minor girl by two youths sparked off violent protests in Raniganj on Tuesday with locals setting fire to three vehicles and damaging at least 30 others,including one belonging to the police. They were alleging police apathy and demanded that the two youths who were allegedly involved in the crime be handed to them.
The 12-year-old was returning home from her school on Monday when she was allegedly stopped by Rajat Khan and Kalia Seikh who then gagged her and took her to a lonely corner of the street where she was raped.
The girl reported the incident to her family after her return. Following this,the family and its neighbours went to the local police station to file a complaint,which the police allegedly refused to entertain.
When we went to Raniganj police station to put in a complaint,officials there refused to accept it. Only after the victims family members and relatives went in a large number to the police station,the complaint was filed at 9 pm. Even after that,police took no steps to arrest the offenders, said the victims neighbour,adding the victims father works as driver.
The locals then put a blockade on NH 60,for over five hours from 11 pm onwards. After we blocked the roads,police arrested the two accused early this morning, the neighbour added.
However,when the school opened on Tuesday morning,locals and the girls family along with students put up the blockade again on NH 60,demanding death penalty for the accused. They also said if the police commissioner didnt turn up in two hours,they would attack the vehicles. After Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissioner Ajai Nanda failed to turn up by 1 pm,the mob turned violent and damaged 15 mini buses and four police vehicles. One of which was set ablaze.
Nanda said police had to resort to lathicharge as the huge contingent of policemen and RAF personnel who rushed to the site at Sastigoria could not contain the violence. A police driver was injured in the violence,he said adding eight people were arrested in connection with it and police picket was posted in the area in view of the tension.
The mob was brought under control only after Nanda reached the spot and assured people that he would look into the matter. The girl has undergone medical tests during the day,Nanda added.