The body of a 20-year-old college student was found near a fish pond in Barasat in North 24 Parganas Friday night. Following the recovery of the body,tension erupted in the area as locals alleged that the student was gangraped and murdered.
The girl was returning home from her tuition class when a group of youths reportedly dragged her to a spot and raped her. Her body was recovered from near a pond close to her house at 10 pm,said a senior police official.
The victims father alerted the neighbours when she did not return home till 8 pm and the calls to his daughters cellphone went unanswered. The girl usually returned home by 5.30 pm,her father said.
The victims family members told the police that a group of youths in that area used to harass her daily. A complaint of gangrape has been registered. Three persons have been arrested in connection to the crime, said a senior police official of the Barasat police station.
Meanwhile,protests erupted in the area. Locals gheraoed the Barasat police station and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. On Saturday morning,road blockades were staged and two TMC leaders who visited the spot were manhandled.
When local MP Haji Nurul Islam went to the area,locals torched his vehicle.
More than five police vehicles were also torched. The Rapid Action Force rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Locals also gheraoed Jyotipiya Mullick,State food minister and an MLA from the district,when he visited the spot. When contacted,Mullick said,I have directed the local administration to set up a police camp in the area. We have also asked the CID to take over the case. And the government will provide a job to one family member of the victim.
A CID team visited the area and spoke to the girls family members and some locals.