Mamata orders CBI probe into Ranaghat nun gang rape
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced to ‘entrust the investigation’ in the
gang rape of a 71-year-old nun in West Bengal’s Nadia district to the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The CM’s decision came soon after the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India requested her to hasten arrests of those
who committed the crime that sent shockwaves across the country and beyond.
The nun was brutalised by a gang of
bandits inside the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat, some 80 km from
Kolkata, on Saturday.
Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, who heads
the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, visited Ranaghat to meet the
brutalised nun on Wednesday.
“I will talk to her (chief minister)
on behalf of the Church of India today (Wednesday). What I have understood is
that the process has begun to find out the culprits. But we would like to
request the chief minister to make a fast approach and to see that justice is
done at the earliest,” Cleemis told media persons in Ranaghat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too,
has expressed concern over the Ranaghat gang rape as well as the vandalisation
of a church in Haryana, and sought reports on these incidents from state
While the police have detained 10
people, their failure to arrest the attackers till now has created a furore
among Ranaghat locals, who on Monday blocked the convoy of Banerjee. She had
gone there to meet the survivor, now admitted to a hospital.
The West Bengal Human Rights
Commission has sought a report from the state Criminal Investigation Department