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Bengal minor dies after alleged gang-rape at B’day party; TMC leader’s son arrested

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kolkata: Bengal minor girl,14, a student of Class IX was gangraped at a birthday party in Nadia district of West Bengal. Police have arrested a Trinamool Congress panchayat member after the victim’s family accused him of committing the crime. The accused has been identified as Brajagopal Alias Sohail Gayali.

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Brajgopal Goala (21), the son of Samar Goala, a member of the local gram panchayat, has been detained in this connection.

He was first detained and then arrested last night. He will be produced before Ranaghar court on Monday. In their complaint, the victim’s family said that the girl went to the residence of the accused last week to attend his birthday party, but she returned home in an ailing condition and died soon after.

“A case was registered after we received a complaint after seven days of the incident. The girl’s body has already been cremated by the family,” said a senior police official.

“We are questioning the youth,” the officer added.

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The case was registered under sections of 376(2)(G) (gangrape), 302 (murder), 204 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

‘Forcibly Cremated’
“Our daughter was bleeding profusely and had severe abdominal pain after she came back from the party at the residence of the local TMC leader’s son, and before we could take her to hospital, she died. From the sequence of events and after talking to the people present at the party, we are sure she was gang-raped by the accused and his friends,” the girl’s mother told reporters.

She also alleged that a group of people forcibly took the minor’s body for cremation even before her death certificate was issued.

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Opposition BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in Hanskhali in protest against the incident.

Reacting to the development, senior TMC leader and the state’s Minister of Women and Child Development, Sashi Panja, said the ruling party has zero-tolerance for abuse of minors and women.

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“There should not be any politics over the incident. Police will do everything possible to investigate and take further action,” she said.

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