May 9, 2015 12:43:46 am
A prime accused in the rape of a septuagenarian nun and robbery at a convent in Ranaghat area of Nadia district and his close aide have been arrested by the CID of West Bengal Police from Sealdah station, a senior official of the investigating agency said Friday.
“Prime accused Milan Sarkar and his associate Wahidul Islam, both Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested from Sealdah station (Main) Thursday night,” the official said.
The CID had laid a trap based on a specific tip-off and arrested the duo when they arrived at the station, he said, the official said adding, “both don’t have any valid passport or documents”.
They were produced before the Ranagaht court, which remanded them in 14 days police custody. With this, the total number of arrests in the case went up to five. Earlier one person was arrested from Mumbai while two others were nabbed from West Bengal.
Earlier, a group of eight to 10 robbers had raided the convent at Ranaghat in Nadia district on March 14. One of the robbers had allegedly raped the 71-year-old Sister Superior of the convent. The criminals had also looted Rs 12 lakh in cash from the convent’s coffer.
Investigating officials said Milan had close associates and relatives in Bongaon from where the first arrests were made in the Ranaghat case. Ac resident of Jessore district of Bangaldesh, he wanted in connection with several criminal cases by the Bangladesh law enforcing agencies.
Milan along with Wahidul and others used to run gang of robbers who operated in different parts of India.
In West Bengal, the gang had committed several daring robberies, according to CID officials.
Investigating the case, the CID investigating made the first breakthrough when after tracking the cellphone calls, they arrested one of the accused, Salim Sheikh, from a slum in Mumbai. Based on inputs provided by Sheikh, the CID had raided the residence of one Gopal Sarkar in Bongaon and arrested him. Gopal, a carpenter, used to allegedly provide shelter to criminal gangs from Bangaldesh who committed crimes in Indian territory before crossing the border.
Gopal himself had come from Bangladesh in 2002 and began staying illegally in Bongaon, the CID officials said.
The other accused arrested in the case is Khalidur Rehman.
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