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Bengal slams Bihar move to help rape victim’s family

Roy termed the Bihar DGP’s letter as sad and unfortunate.

Written by Subrata Nagchoudhury | Kolkata |
January 4, 2014 5:50:01 am

The Nitish Kumar government’s move to send a cheque of Rs 1 lakh with a police team for the family of the alleged gangrape and murder victim in Madhyamgram and Bihar DGP asking his West Bengal counterpart to ensure speedy trial in the case,exploded into a political battle Friday with the Trinamool government dubbing it an interference in the state’s jurisdiction.

“This is not a proper system and certainly not good ethics. We strongly condemn those who are indulging in such parochial politics. Our party does not distinguish people as Biharis,Bengalis or Tamils. Bengal belongs to everyone,” said Mukul Roy,TMC general secretary.

Earlier in the day, IG (Special Branch),Bihar,J S Gangwar visited West Bengal DGP G M P Reddy’s office and handed over a letter from Bihar DGP Abhayanand urging a “proper investigation” in the alleged gangrape and murder of the 16-year-old girl whose family had migrated to Madhyamgram from Samastipur in Bihar. The letter also requested “to ensure a speedy and fair trial”.

Roy termed the Bihar DGP’s letter as sad and unfortunate. “We will never encourage such acts. If we start sending police teams to UP where recently a Bengali businessman had been kidnapped or to Bihar where four Bengalis are missing,will that be a proper move?” he asked.

State urban development minister Firhad Hakim termed it “a political gimmick”. “In a federal structure,a state government cannot interfere into the issues of another. Bihar government is stepping out of its jurisdiction,” Hakim said.

The Bihar DGP downplayed the issue,saying he has “written a few lines” to his Bengal counterpart.“We have requested him to get the cases properly investigated and to try and expedite the legal proceedings to bring justice to the family,” he said.

However,IG Gangwar,who met the victim’s family Thursday and handed them a cheque of Rs 1 lakh,said the Bihar government has a policy of extending financial assistance to victims of gangrape. “We had done this earlier also when a resident of Bihar was gangraped in Jaipur,” Gangwar said.

Meanwhile,the victim’s family has,for now,declined Nitish Kumar’s offer to rehabilitate them in Bihar.

“We will not leave Bengal without getting justice,” the victim’s father,a taxi driver,told The Indian Express after performing the last rites at the Nimtala ghat on Friday.

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