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Court asks Bengal for stand on CBI probe into gangrape-murder

Calcutta, Jan 9 (PTI): The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the West Bengal government to inform it within seven days about its position on a plea for a investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Madhyamgram gangrape and alleged murder of a 16-year-old girl in October 2013.

Justice Dipankar Dutta, hearing a plea by the girl’s father for handing over the investigation to the CBI, by the girl's father, also directed the state government to provide adequate security to the girl's family.

The matter will be heard on January 15.

The father of the gangrape victim, who died of burns after she was allegedly set ablaze, had filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court on January 6, seeking a CBI investigation into the matter.

In his prayer, he claimed that the state police had been lackadaisical in investigating the case since October 26, when the girl was gangraped near her residence at Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district.

Protests had rocked several parts of Calcutta over the brutal rape and death of the girl with demands for justice to the girl.


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