| Rajesh Kora being taken to court on Wednesday. (Arup Sarkar)
Durgapur, Sept. 12: The prime accused in the alleged rape of a Durgapur woman was arrested last night.
Police said Rajesh Kora, who had been arrested earlier in connection with a case of scrap iron smuggling and was out on bail, saw the woman in the headlight of his bike and informed the other accused. Eleven persons have been arrested so far in connection with the alleged gangrape.
Rajesh, a printing machine operator at Darpan Publications, was picked up from his house.
“We got the names of eight of the accused, including Rajesh, after arresting two youths from Piala (where the diagnostic centre co-owner was allegedly raped) on Monday night. We arrested eight accused from the printing press but Rajesh fled. We got a tip-off yesterday that Rajesh had escaped to his aunt’s house in Jamuria and would return to his home in Kora Para in the Coke Oven area. We arrested him as soon as he arrived. He is the prime accused and had instigated the others to commit the crime,” said Sunil Yadav, the additional deputy commissioner of police (east division).
The police said Rajesh, 25, had been arrested on the charge of smuggling scrap iron from the closed Mining Allied and Machineries Corporation (MAMC) factory in July. He was suspected to be associated with the gang of scrap iron smuggler Musha Singh from Piala, the police said.
“We are also probing if Rajesh was involved in other crimes. We have sought lists of criminals from all police stations in the area to check if his name is on any of them,” Yadav said. “We are looking for two more youths involved in the gangrape.”
The police said the test identification parade would be done on Friday.
The victim’s husband, a bank official, said: “I am happy with the prompt arrests of the culprits. But I want to request the police to ensure the security and safety of women in the town, especially at night. What happened to my wife should not happen to anyone else.”
Around 1am on Monday, the woman was allegedly gangraped when she went to relieve herself by the roadside. Her husband, who waiting on the bike, was beaten up by the youths while the others raped the 30-year-old woman.
The CPM today challenged law minister Malay Ghatak to prove his allegation that the arrested persons were employees of Ganashakti, the party mouthpiece.
“I challenge the law minister to prove that the accused are Ganashakti employees and that the CPM is involved in any way in the incident. Such irresponsible statements are not expected from a cabinet minister. Top police officers did not speak of any political affiliation of the accused. They never said the accused were arrested from the Ganashakti office in Durgapur,” said Amal Halder, the CPM district secretary.