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Some of the accused in the double rape and alleged murder of the teenager in Madhyamgram are the sort of people you and I need every day: driver, fishmonger, small trader.... Metro finds out more.

Ratan Sil, 32

nCharged with murder and criminal intimidation.

nYounger son of the landlady who had set a monthís deadline for the family to vacate the house.

Lives in: The colony near the airport where the girlís family had shifted to flee Madhyamgram, where she had been raped twice.

Profession: Drives a car of a resident of Birati.

Role in the crime: Ratan allegedly threatened the family regularly to vacate the room with a tiled roof for which they paid Rs 2,000 a month. He has now been charged with sprinkling kerosene on the girl on December 23 and setting her on fire.

Minta Sil, 30

nCharged with murder and criminal intimidation.

nRatanís cousin and a friend of prime accused Sanjib Talukdar, alias Chhotu.

Profession: Drives a taxi; uses the same stand near the airport where the victimís father parked his cab.

Lives in: The same area in Madhyamgram where the girl used to live before shifting to Dum Dum.

Role in the crime: Accused of visiting the girlís house frequently and threatening her family, spreading canards about her and making life difficult for the family in the Dum Dum neighbourhood. Finally, sprinkling kerosene on the girl and setting her ablaze. The girlís parents have accused him of instigating neighbours against the family.

Sanjib Talukdar, 23

nPrime accused in the abduction and rape. Some people have said Sanjib, alias Chhotu, was known to the girl.

Profession: Sells fish in a Madhyamgram market.

Lives: Fifty metres from the house where the girlís family lived in Madhyamgram.

Role in the crime: Accused of taking advantage of the acquaintance and asking the girl out, saying her father was waiting at a tea stall and had sent for her.

Once she stepped out, five others allegedly joined him and dragged her to a field where she was gang-raped. He is said to have raped her again after she lodged a police complaint against him and his friends.

Palash Debnath, 22

nCharged with abduction and rape.

nSanjibís friend. According to some, he used to be seen drinking in the open with Sanjib.

Profession: Small trader.

Lives: A five-minute walk from what used to be the girlís house in Madhyamgram.

Role in the crime: Accused of rape.

Papai Roy, 22

nCharged with abduction and rape.

nKnown troublemaker in the area. Often seen drinking on the road in broad daylight, say local residents. Few dared to protest.

Profession: Small-time extortionist; active in collecting puja subscriptions.

Lives: A few houses away from Sanjib.

Role in the crime: Accompanied Sanjib to the courtyard of the victimís house and joined hands with others while she was being dragged away. One of the alleged rapists.

Gopal Das, 23

@ Charged with abduction and rape

@ Sanjibís friend; local tough

Profession: Supplies fish to roadside eateries

Lives in: The same area

Role in the crime: Did not go up to the girlís house but allegedly joined them later.

Chhotu Mandal, 22

@ Charged with abduction and rape

@ Sanjibís friend; local people say he extorts money from his bread-earner mother for a drink

Profession: Small-time land broker

Lives: A few houses from Mintaís

Role in the crime: Allegedly waited for the girl outside when Sanjib went to call her.

Anthony Sachhi, 21

@ Charged with abduction and rape

@ Sanjibís friend

Profession: Fish trader in Sanjibís bazaar

Lives: Five minutes from the victimís house

Role in the crime: Among those who waited for the girl outside.

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Gopal Das, 23

nCharged with abduction and rape.

nSanjibís friend; local tough.

Profession: Supplies fish to roadside eateries.

Lives in: The same area.

Role in the crime: Joined the other accused later.

Chhotu Mandal, 22

nCharged with abduction and rape.

nSanjibís friend.

Profession: Land broker.

Lives: A few houses away from Minta.

Role in the crime: Allegedly waited for the girl outside when Sanjib went to call her.

Anthony Sachhi, 21

nCharged with abduction and rape.

nSanjibís friend.

Profession: Fish trader.

Lives: Near the victimís house.

Role in the crime: Lay in wait for the girl.