Behrampore, Oct. 17: A Murshidabad resident out on bail in a rape case was arrested last night on the charge of raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl.
The 35-year-old accused had come to the house of the Class IV girl in a village in Farakka last afternoon to exchange Id greetings.
“Tinku Sheikh told my daughter to bring a packet of bidis from his house (metres away). Moments later, he left too. When my daughter did not return home even at 9pm, I got suspicious and went to his house,” the girl’s father, a bidi maker, said.
“I found some of my daughter’s clothes in Tinku’s house and her unclothed body in his backyard. I called my neighbours, who thrashed Tinku and handed him over to police. He confessed to raping my daughter and throttling her when she threatened to complain,” the father said.
Tinku, who has five children with his second wife, is a labourer. One-and-a-half years ago, he had been arrested on the charge of raping a 20-year-old woman of the same village. He has been out on bail for around a year. Since his second wife left him two years ago, Tinku has been living with his parents.
The mother of the girl, the eldest of eight children, said the 13-year-old used to support the family by binding around 500 bidis every evening.
“We could never imagine that Tinku would rape and kill my daughter after sending her to his house on the pretext of fetching bidis,” the mother said.
District police chief Humayun Kabir said Tinku was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody this morning by the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Jangipur.
Criminal lawyer Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee told The Telegraph that when a court grants bail to a rape accused, the police station handling the case “is supposed to keep a watch on his activities”.
“This is because the police are supposed to be prepared in case the court asks for a progress report on the accused during the course of the trial,” he said.
A police officer admitted that monitoring an accused out on bail was not always possible because of shortage of staff at most police stations. “Policemen are so busy with daily law-and-order duties that it is not always possible to track the activities of a rape accused released on bail,” the officer said.
“So it often happens that an accused out on bail is not monitored by the police unless a court orders him to report to the police station concerned on a daily or weekly basis,” he added.