Woman drugged, gang raped and thrown out of auto in West Bengal
KOLKATA: Three people were arrested on Sunday for
allegedly drugging and raping a housewife in West Bengal, police said, adding
the prime suspect is still on the run. Opposition parties attacked the
Trinamool Congress over the deteriorating crime scene, as the Bengal government
asked police to file a report.
The incident happened in Maheshtala of South
24-Parganas district, some 12 km from here. According to police, the woman was
drugged and raped on Thursday night while she was returning home in an auto.
“The victim was travelling in an auto along with an
acquaintance and two others, who drugged her and took turns to rape her. We
have arrested three people, including the auto driver,” a police officer said,
adding prime suspect Sheikh Raju is still untraced and on the run.
Lying injured and unconscious by the road side, the
woman was shifted to Vidyasagar SG Hospital where her condition is said to be
stable. The state government has sought a report from police while opposition
parties have pointed fingers at the ruling Trinamool Congress.
“We have directed the police to immediately arrest the
fourth man, said to be the prime suspect, who is now on the run, and also
sought a derailed report from the police,” state Transport Minister Madan Mitra
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have both accused the Trinamool of patronising
criminals and expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order in the
“The police have become a political tool in the hands
of the ruling party. Instead of preventing crime and apprehending criminals,
they are more concerned in pacifying their political bosses,” CPI-M
parliamentarian Mohammad Salim said.
Condemning the incident, state BJP president Rahul
Sinha said crime in West Bengal has reached 'alarming proportions' because
criminals enjoy 'patronage of the ruling party'.