Malda, April 1: The house of a 48-year-old rape victim was razed to the ground this morning allegedly by a group of men led by those against whom she wanted to file an FIR last night.
Nearly 50 people arrived with a tractor-trailer at Palasrona village in Ratua around 8am today and completely destroyed the hut in which the woman lived with her family.
The woman had gone to Pukhuria police outpost after she was allegedly gangraped by Bakkar Ali, Mohabbat Ali and Majlish Ali — known to be Congress members — around seven last night. Police told her to return in the morning as the officer in charge of the outpost was not present.
The RSP MLA of Ratua, Abdul Rahim Bakshi, said he had complained to the subdivisional officer of Chanchal, Sandip Mondal, about the police’s refusal to accept the rape complaint last night.
“It was only after the house of the rape victim was demolished that the police accepted the FIR. I am also disappointed that nobody has been arrested till now. Her husband is a CPM supporter,” Bakshi said.
He said Bakkar’s house was behind the woman’s home and he had been trying to evict her to grab her land. “Bakkar is a known Congress hoodlum.” Ratua is in the Malda North Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Congress MP Mausam Noor. Bakshi said the RSP would gherao the outpost if the culprits were not arrested by Wednesday. “We will start the agitation (gherao) if nothing is done by Wednesday.”
The victim’s husband said Bakkar and his aides destroyed his home when he and his sons were visiting the Araidanga block primary health centre where he had admitted his wife. “While we were away, they came and completely destroyed our home. They took away everything in the tractor-trailer they had come in,” the husband said.
The Ratua block Congress president, Nemai Basak, said the accused were not related to his party. “All these allegations are being made to demean our party. Let the police find out the truth,” he said.
Malda police chief Jayanta Pal said he was looking into why the force had not accepted the complaint last night. “We will take action if the police on duty are found wanting. We are trying to arrest the accused.”