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Gang rape

Bolpur, Feb. 6: The 13 persons arrested in connection with the gang rape of a tribal girl in Birbhum last month were today remanded in 14 days’ jail custody.

The lawyer of the accused filed a bail petition in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Pijush Ghosh in Bolpur today, saying their arrest was a “conspiracy” and was engineered by local Trinamul MLA Manirul Islam.

Dilip Ghosh, the lawyer of the accused, then said the charges against his clients were framed.

“Why was the complaint of gang rape lodged two days after the alleged incident?” he asked.

The lawyer asserted that no one had been raped.

Islam said he would not comment on the matter.