Asansol, Oct. 12: A teenaged polytechnic student has accused three seniors and two others of gang-raping her and taking her nude pictures inside the common room of a state-run technical institute at Chittaranjan near Asansol.
Among the accused is the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad general secretary of the institution named Nazrul Centenary Polytechnic.
According to an FIR filed today by the first-year mechanical engineering diploma student, the daughter of a railway clerk, the assault took place on Tuesday. Sources said police were initially reluctant to treat the complaint as an FIR.
The 19-year-old girl said a third-year student, Sovona Das, called her to the common room on the pretext of birthday celebrations of the student leader, Shamya Mandal, on October 9 afternoon.
“When she arrived at the common room with Das, she found student union general secretary Shamya Mandal, another third-year student Avik Ghosh, college security guard Bholu Yadav and an unknown youth present there,” a police source said, quoting the FIR.
“They welcomed her and allegedly served her a soft drink laced with alcohol after a brief chat. She consumed the drink and soon became drowsy. The youths allegedly stripped her, raped her and also took her nude pictures on mobile phones,” said a police officer.
They dumped her on the roadside near Hospital Colony at Chittaranjan. The girl came to after passers-by sprinkled water on her face. She gave them her father’s mobile number. Her father, a clerk at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), reached the spot and took her to the CLW hospital.
The sources said the complaint was first filed as a general diary, not an FIR that necessitates arrest of the suspects, when the girl’s father went to an outpost under Salanpur police station yesterday. The father met senior officers at the police commissionerate headquarters in Asansol today.
The complaint was lodged today against five persons —Mandal, Ghosh, Das, Yadav and a local tough identified as Mithilesh Ojha.
Yadav was arrested this afternoon but the others, the police said, are absconding. The police sent the girl for medical examination to the Asansol sub-divisional hospital.
“We have started a case of gang-rape,” said Subrata Ganguly, the additional deputy commissioner of police (west division).
Rituparno Bose, the principal of the institute, said: “The police are investigating the case but we have also initiated a probe separately. The students’ union room and the canteen have been closed.”
The victim’s father said he was being threatened by local Trinamul supporters since the incident, asking him not go to the police. “But I decided to lodge the FIR and will not spare the accused,” he said.
Ashok Rudra, the TMCP president in Burdwan, said: “The police will have to find out the truth.”