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Cong seeks CBI probe into girl’s murder

Balurghat, Sept. 6: The Congress today demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder of a 12-year-old tribal girl whose body had been found in the district police lines yesterday.

The Class VII student here had allegedly been raped and her face was crushed with a heavy object. The body was lying on plantain leaves near a wall in the backyard of the police barracks when it was spotted by a woman around 2pm yesterday.

Sanjay Pahan, a 22-year-old hotel employee, was arrested yesterday evening and police claimed that he had confessed to killing the girl as she had refused his proposal for marriage. She had been missing from Tuesday.

A delegation from the women’s cell of the South Dinajpur Congress today met the district magistrate and submitted a memorandum demanding a CBI inquiry into the murder.

The district president of the Congress, Nilanjan Roy said the police investigation wouldn’t bring out the truth as the body was found in the police lines.

“There has been a spurt in incidents like rapes and murders in the state recently. Everyday, we hear about such incidents from the media. But here, the body of a schoolgirl was found in the police lines, which is a high-security zone. As the body was seized from the premises of the barracks, a probe by the CBI is necessary,” said Roy.

Schools and colleges in Balurghat remained shut today in response to a strike called by the student wings of the Congress and the Forward Bloc to protest the murder.

The arrested youth was produced in a court here today and remanded in police custody for 10 days. He was booked under Sections 376 (rape) and 302 (murder) of the IPC.