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Kamduni accused kin knock on CM door

The families of four accused in the Kamduni rape and murder case urged the chief minister on Wednesday to secure their release.

The memorandum submitted to the chief minister’s office at Nabanna claims that the charges against Amin Ali, Noor Ali, Rafiq Gaji and Bholanath Naskar — residents of Kharibari and Kamduni in North 24-Parganas — are false and the four should be released immediately.

Cops escorted the five-member delegation, led by Noor Ali’s wife Ajmira Bibi, to Nabanna and whisked them away in police vehicles soon after they handed over the memorandum, reportedly signed by 1,000 people, to the receiving section of the chief minister’s office.

Mamata Banerjee is touring north Bengal and will return on Friday.

The CID’s first chargesheet had stated that only one man — Saiful Ali — had raped and murdered a 21-year-old girl on her way home to Kamduni from college last June. Following criticism from Kamduni residents and others, the CID filed a supplementary chargesheet stating that other accused had helped Saiful pull the body out of a fishery and they were caught by villagers while they were trying to dispose of the body somewhere else.

The organisation that is fighting for the four — Kamduni Insaaf Mancha — claims that they had been framed under pressure from the Congress and the CPM.

Senior state government officials said it was clear that “some influential leaders” were behind the delegation. “Since the secretariat was shifted from Writers’ to Nabanna last October, no one has been allowed to submit any memorandum to the chief minister’s office. An exception was made to this delegation. It is clear that some influential leaders were behind this,” said a senior official.

According to sources, the movement to free the four accused had started a couple of months ago.

“The Kamduni Insaaf Mancha was set up in Kharibari, a village near Kamduni, with the support of a Trinamul zilla parishad member. They are going about in an organised way,” said a police officer.

“Many of those who are leading the new organisation were with the Santiraksha Committee, a pro-administration outfit that was formed to counter the movement of villagers demanding justice after the crime,” said a villager.