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Hunt for third rape accused

Police have launched a hunt for the third accused in the alleged gang rape of a teenager following the arrest of the mastermind and an accomplice on Wednesday night.

“We have leads after interrogating the arrested duo. The third person has been identified as Sanjib Shaw, who is an aide of the main accused,” said an officer of Cossipore police station, where the girl had lodged a complaint about the gang rape three days ago.

Police said Pintu Prasad Shaw, the main accused, was held as soon as he got down at Calcutta station from the Haldibari Express.

“We had Pintu’s phone number and we tracked his cell phone to Siliguri. Our officers in plainclothes went there. They followed Pintu when he boarded the Calcutta-bound train and caught him as soon as he alighted from it at Calcutta station,” an officer of Cossipore police station said.

Pintu allegedly gave out the details about his partners, following which the police raided a house at Malipanchghara, 6km north of Howrah station, and arrested Rabi Kumar Shaw.

“The teenaged girl had stated in her complaint that three men took turns to rape her in a room. Pintu and Rabi are in custody and Sanjib will be caught soon,” the officer said.

The police are also looking at gaps in the complaint. Investigation revealed that the girl apparently knew Pintu and they kept in touch over the phone.

“She said in her complaint that she boarded a shuttle car at New Town and fell unconscious as soon as the man sharing the rear seat with her started misbehaving. During the course of investigation, we found that the victim met Pintu at a restaurant on BT Road and they went to a house in the Girish Park area. The arrested duo have confessed the girl was raped inside the house,” the officer said.

Two held

Two persons were arrested on Wednesday at Sinthi on charges of smuggling live turtles. Police said an officer of Sinthi police station spotted two persons getting off the Akal Takt Express at Calcutta station with two large bags. The bags were found to contain 206 turtles, which were later handed over to the wildlife department.