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Nadia gangrape: CBI team meets victim’s family, collects samples

The team broke open the lock of the wooden gate to the property where the “crime” took place to gain entry. The main accused, Braj Gopal Gayali, alias Sohel (21) used to visit his family-owned property where he had invited the girl for his birthday party, it is learnt.

SUCI activists Tuesday protest in front of Raj Bhawan in Kolkata over the Nadia gangrape and murder. (Express Photo)

A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday visited the family of alleged gangrape victim in West Bengal’s Nadia district and inspected the spot where the purported crime took place on April 4.

The 14-year-old girl had died of “excessive bleeding” the next day.

The team broke open the lock of the wooden gate to the property where the “crime” took place to gain entry. The main accused, Braj Gopal Gayali, alias Sohel (21) used to visit his family-owned property where he had invited the girl for his birthday party, it is learnt.

A Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team accompanying the CBI officials collected “samples and circumstantial evidences” from the spot. The West Bengal Police had seized a stained bed-sheet, the victim’s clothes and her mobile phone before the central agency took over the case on the Calcutta High Court’s order.

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Braj Gopal’s father Samarendra Gayali is a local Trinammol strongman and a panchayat member.

Two people had been arrested in the case by the police, while a few more were under the scanner before the CBI took over.

The girl’s father and her two relatives have also been booked for alleged “destruction of evidence” as her body was cremated without a complaint or death certificate, police had said earlier.

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Brija Gopal Gayali, the son of a Trinamool Congress leader, is a prime accused in the case. The second person arrested, Prabhakar Poddar, is not named in the FIR.

The CBI will take the accused in their custody and interrogate them, it is learnt.

Agency officials said samples and circumstantial evidences are crucial to the case since the victim was cremated without autopsy.

Blackout in area as investigators arrive

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As soon as the CBI team reached the spot late evening, there was a blackout in the area due to power cut. There was “load shedding” in the area for about an hour.

The officials used torch batteries for searching the premises. They also inspected the victim’s home and adjoining area with torches and car lights.

The CBI was handed over the case diary and all the related documents of the case.

First published on: 15-04-2022 at 04:12 IST
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