The brother of Kamduni rape and murder victim and several villagers sustained injuries when the police rained lathis on them as they raised slogans outside the Bankshal Court in Kolkata demanding death for the eight accused in the case against whom charges were framed for gangrape leading to death.
More than 100 villagers from Kamduni had reached Kolkata to attend the hearing and were trying to take out procession in the B B D Bag area demanding speedy trial and punishment to the culprits. They also blocked Council House Street late afternoon,following which officials of Hare Street police station first tried to negotiate with them to lift the blockade and then resorted to lathicharge.
The villagers were angry after getting to know that accused have been charged with rape and not murder. We started a demonstration. When the policemen came,we sought permission to carry out a peaceful candle march. But they started beating us up, alleged Mausumi Kayal,secretary,Kamduni Pratibadi Manch,the forum which came up after the brutal rape and murder of the 20-year-old college girl on June 7.
She said,The brother of the victim was so badly beaten up that he fell unconscious on the road before being rushed to Calcutta Medical College.
The hospital sources later said that a CT scan was done on him and he was kept under observation for two hours. We wanted to keep him under observation for another hour but the villagers insisted he should be released as they had to go to the police station, said a senior employee at the hospital.
Deputy commissioner (central) D P Singh said that some people blocked the Section 144-bound busy road and the police removed them. Eleven persons were arrested in this connection. He said Kamduni villagers were instigated by some people in Kolkata.
To a question,Singh said that there was no lathicharge by the police.
Later,the agitators assembled in front of Hare Street police station demanding the release of all those who had been arrested.