A Sub-Inspector, who was also the Officer-in-Charge of the special operation group that allegedly tortured a woman in Birbhum Saturday, was removed from police duty Monday following an interim report of investigation into the incident.
“On the basis of the interim report filed by Additional SP Ananda Roy, S-I Kartik Mohan Ghosh has been taken off active duty and told to report to the district police lines. We have started an inquiry based on the complaint,” Alok Rajoria, SP, Birbhum said.
Meamwhile, the husband of the tortured woman alleged that names of two policemen mentioned in the FIR have been erased, charge that was denied by the SP.
The woman, a relative of BJP activist Sheikh Mithun, named by the ruling TMC in connection with a recent bomb attack on a party member, had accused policemen of forcibly taking her to the police station following a raid at her Ilambazar residence in Birbhum on Saturday night.
The opposition BJP launched a scathing attack on police and the TMC government over the incident. BJP MLA Shamik Bhattacharya visited the victim’s house, while state BJP president Rahul Sinha met Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi to complain about the alleged police atrocity. Members of the BJP Mahila Morcha put up a demonstration at College Square here against the incident.
“It is a barbaric act. The woman had been brutally beaten up and is lying in a hospital where no police official has visited her. The police have become a frontal organisation of TMC,” Bhattacharya said.
Sinha said the Governor called up the DGP and instructed him to ensure that there was a fair probe into the matter. “We have demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the victim, arrest of the accused police officers and initiation of a case of attempt to murder against them,” he said.
Sinha also demanded resignation of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the post of the home minister.
“It is astonishing that we have woman CM and yet women in West Bengal are facing torture, and that too from the police force,” Sinha said.
“Our CM feels that whatever she thinks is justice and whatever she speaks is right. That is why Park Street rape was termed as a “framed incident,” actor-turned-politician Rupa Ganguly said.
Mausumi Biswas, All-India Secretary of the BJP Mahila Morcha demanded severest punishment for the offenders.
Contecated, the NCW official said they are yet to receive any complaint but will decide Tuesday “whether or not the commission would take suo motu action”.
Senior advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya has filed a PIL in the Calcutta High Court seeking suo motu action against the accused.
Congress too, took out a rally at Suri, led by the state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury condemning the incident. “We can’t sit idle and watch these gruesome acts of people who are supposed to be upholders of law and order. We will hold state-wide protest on January 27,” he said.
The women’s wing of SUCI too, took out a rally and submitted a deputation to the Governor.
West Bengal Minister for Women and Child Development Sashi Panja on Monday said the state government would take necessary steps against those found guilt of torturing the woman in Birbhum. “I have spoken to the SP Birbhum and he has called for his additional SP and an enquiry has been initiated into it,” she told PTI.