Naresh Majhi at the district hospital in Malda on Tuesday. Picture by Surajit Roy
Malda, Aug. 7: A gang of youths yesterday allegedly tried to abduct a teenaged girl from the courtyard of her aunt’s home in Englishbazar and struck her father and aunt with knives when they resisted.
The girl’s mother also alleged that when she went to Englishbazar police station to lodge an FIR yesterday, she was turned away.
The complaint was recorded by the police today, reportedly after the intervention of some local Trinamul Congress leaders. The police today denied the mother’s allegation that they had refused to lodge the complaint on the day of the alleged kidnap bid.
The 13-year-old is the daughter of a mason and had come to her maternal aunt Purnima Roy’s house with her parents yesterday for a puja.
“Around 3pm yesterday, four to five men barged into the courtyard of my sister’s house. They were armed with lathis and knives and tried to drag my daughter away. When we put up a resistance, they attacked us with the knives and lathis. We managed to prevent the attackers from taking away my daughter. Hearing the commotion, neighbours rushed to us and the youths fled,” said mother Jayanti Majhi.
“The youths asked my sister, pointing at my daughter, who she was. When my sister replied that she was her niece, they told her she should come with them and have a good time. One of them grabbed her and tried to get away. I somehow stopped him from fleeing with my daughter, she was scared and screaming. My husband and my sister also tried to resist them. They beat us up injuring my husband and sister badly. I was hit with lathis, but I was not hurt as seriously,” Jayanti said.
When she, her husband Naresh and sister Purnima went to the police station yesterday, the law enforcers didn’t accept their complaint, Jayanti said. “They told us to go to the hospital.”
The superintendent of police of Malda, Jayanta Pal, however, said: “The charge that the police did not accept the complaint is incorrect. When the injured came to the police station, they were advised to go to the hospital immediately for treatment. After that they did not come back. The mother filed a complaint today and the police are investigating.”
Doctors at the district hospital said they had put six stitches on Naresh’s head and five on the Purnima’s scalp. “Both are out of danger,” a doctor said.
Malda town Trinamul Youth Congress leader Anirban Das said he had come to know about the incident this morning. “I have been to the hospital and spoken to the family about the girl and after that I contacted the police. The mother filed a complaint at 2pm today,” he said.
According to the police chief, the complaint has named three youths in the area. “All are known to be rowdies in the locality though there are no police cases against them.”