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Calcutta murder stir stalls traffic

The RJD, backed by Left parties, on Wednesday observed a daylong bandh to protest the alleged gang rape and murder of a girl in Calcutta and the subsequent treatment meted out to the family of the victim.

The girl, hailing from Samastipur, was allegedly murdered on December 31.

The bandh supporters paralysed traffic, blocking Darbhanga-Samastipur road and Samastipur-Patna road for around three hours. At some places, commuters faced the ire of the party supporters. Shops remained closed for almost six hours and things were back to normal only in the second half of the day following intervention by the district administration.

The protesters demanded a CBI inquiry and dismissal of the police officers concerned in the case, in addition to a compensation of Rs 20 lakh.

The state general secretary of the RJD, Faizur Rahman Faiz, who led the crowd of supporters, said: “We want justice for the bereaved family which lost its daughter.” Faiz added: “We admit we are crippling the traffic and inconveniencing people. We are fed up with the callous attitude of chief minister Nitish Kumar who hardly did anything for the victim’s family.”

Chandan Kumar, going to Patna from Darbhanga got stuck in a snarl in Samastipur. He said: “I left home without knowing there would be a strike. I wanted to go to the state capital for a business purpose and was scheduled to return by evening. Now my plan has gone for a toss.”