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Since 1st March, 1999
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Rape slander on Bloc supporters

Labhpur (Birbhum), June 3: A woman, said to be a CPM supporter, filed an FIR with the police here today alleging that Forward Bloc supporters raped her last evening.

According to the FIR, the Bloc supporters gheraoed her and four of her companions at Maheshpur while they were returning home. The Bloc men allegedly beat them up but four of the women managed to flee. The other woman was “raped”.

The police have sent the “victim” to the sub-divisional hospital in Bolpur for a medical examination. The other women were given first-aid at the local primary health centre.

The Bloc, however, complained to the police that the CPM was spreading terror in the area since the murder of Nityananda Ghosh, who won the panchayat poll last month as a Bloc candidate. Mannan Sheikh, a Bloc leader here, said the rape charge was “totally false”.

Mother, child dead

The bodies of a 35-year-old housewife and her 18-month son were fished out of a well in their home at Jhuli in Kharagpur this morning. Neighbours blamed husband Prakash Yadav for the deaths of Monabibi and Ankit Yadav. The family put them as suicide.

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