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Nun raped in Chhattisgarh: Associations agitate; accuse police attempts to downplay

RAIPUR: Braving heavy downpour, several organisations on Monday staged demonstrations here, protesting against the manner in which Chhattisgarh Police is handling the case of sexual assault on a nun at a medicare centre in the state capital.

More than 150 members of All India Women Democratic Association, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Student Federation of India, Insurance Union of Working Women, Raipur division, Democratic Youth Federation of India, United Trade Union Council of Raipur jointly staged protest march in the city.

The protesters alleged the police have failed to zero in on the accused even 48 hours after the incident and the police and government were giving conflicting statements in the media, in an apparent attempt to downplay the incident. They said the police initially gave conflicting version about the incident while a government spokesman had described the survivor as a "nurse", without even mentioning that she is a nun.

"We have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Raman Singh and Governor Balram Das Tondon demanding immediate arrest of culprits and asking police to act sensitive in the case. Police have been making several views giving it an angle of theft and jumping into conclusions. This is not how they should deal an investigation in such a case", Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Dharamraj Mahapatra said.

He said it is suspected that police may try to cover up as such incidents are happening in many other states. Minority communities have been facing violence, mostly in BJP - ruled states and it needs to be controlled," he added.

Not reacting much towards agitation and accusation, police however are still clueless about the accused. At least 60 persons have been rounded up for questioning but there is no breakthrough yet.

Raipur Superintendent of police BN Meena said that about 50 teams of police officials have been constituted to nab the accused.

The 45-year-old nun was found semi-clad, unconscious and hands tied in a room of the medical centre being run by Christian missionaries on Saturday, near Pandri locality in state capital of Chhattisgarh.