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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Body of missing minor girl found in Gazole, rape anticipated, police inaction alleged

Malda, 30 January : Recovery of body of a minor girl (11) missing for last eight days from a mustard field at Badnagra village of Majhra gram panchayat in Gazole police station caused formidable excitement today. While the parents of the girl alleged police inaction in recovering the girl and claimed that girl was raped and killed, police officials claimed that the girl’s family did not at all lodge any written complaint.

It has been learnt from sources that a student of class VI of Ramchandra girls’ school Shilpi Bhowmick (11) went missing from 22 January afternoon. After extensive searches yielded no result, her father Arun Bhowmick, a grocer, lodged a complaint with Gazole police station on 23 January.

Mr Bhowmick said that police did not take adequate initiative in recovering the girl. He claimed that on 28 January he received a call from the abductors demanding a ransom of Rs 50,000 to release his daughter. He claimed to have knocked the door of police again but police allegedly did not consider the complaint seriously.

Eventually, the body of the girl was found lying in a mustard field. There were reportedly some scratch marks on her body. Some broken pieces of bangles were found beside the body. A piece of cloth was found round her neck suggesting that she was strangulated. Locals and the parents of the girl anticipated that Shilpi was brutally tortured or even raped before being killed.

The whole area is now boiling with excitement claiming that if police fail to arrest the culprits a prolonged agitation would be staged. If necessary the the villagers and the parents of the girl may knock the door of the chief minister, human rights commission and women’s commission too.

SP Prasun Banerjee said, “The allegation of police inaction was not true. After receiving verbal complaint from the dead girl’s family, police tried to recover her. It cannot be determined whether the girl was raped until the post mortem report is published.” Mr Banerjee however added that police have started a thorough probe to identify the culprits and arrest them immediately.

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