Eight-year-old girl gang raped, hanged from tree in West Bengal
TAMLUK (WB): The body of an eight-year-old girl who
had gone missing was Thursday found in a field with locals lynching a man whom
they accused of being involved in the crime, police said on Thursday.
“A girl, aged between 8 to 9 years, was found dead in
a field this morning in Kalibazar village of East Midnapore district. The
father of the girl has lodged a complaint against 3 persons, one of whom has
been lynched by villagers,” District Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain told
“The girl was missing since 5 PM yesterday evening. The
family members and locals searched for her in the locality, but she could not
be located,” he said. “Today morning, she was found dead 200 metres away from
her house. Police was informed and our men rushed to the spot,” Jain said.
“The body of the girl was found on the ground by the
police. However, the locals alleged that she was found hanging from a tree and
had been brought down by them,” the SP said.
Accusing Ratan Das, whose residence is only 15-20
metres away from the girl’s home, and two of his associates of gangraping and
murdering the girl, locals thrashed them and ransacked Das’ house, he said.
“The police rescued the trio. While Das succumbed to
his injuries, the two others have been admitted at a hospital,” he said. Das
was in his mid-forties. The body of the girl has been sent for post mortem,