Kolkata/Ranaghat | The West Bengal government today decided to hand over the case of gangrape of a 71-year-old nun of a Rangaghat convent school to the CBI as the demand for justice grew louder with the culprits still at large even after four days of the incident.
Considering the seriousness and sensitivity of the case and also the fact that the place of incidence is very close to border area, I have decided to entrust the investigation of the case to the CBI, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a Facebook post. She said her government would provide all necessary cooperation and assistance to the CBI for investigation in this case. The Ranaghat incident of 14th March is a very serious matter.
The police administration was instructed to take swift action to nab the culprits. They are making their best efforts, Banerjee said. The state government had earlier ordered a CID probe into the incident. No arrest could be made so far although 15 persons have been detained in this connection, the police said.
President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, who arrived at Ranaghat to express solidarity with Sister Superior of a convent school who was allegedly gangraped, said, CBCI would like to request the authorities to ensure that justice is done. Justice should be made visible and such act should not continue. We are here to see personally what has happened, he said.
The Cardinal who offered prayers at the Ranghat sub- divisional hospital room where the nun is being treated, said that Sisters have forgiven (the culprits) but justice is to be made visible. Cardinal Cleemis, who will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later in the day, said, I will request her to act fast. Such inhuman acts should be stopped.
The Cardinal told an English daily, We are living in a country with democratic values, where humans should be protected too and not just cows. Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza welcomed the state government’s move to hand over the investigation of the case to the CBI. In a way we are happy that the government is taking steps to nab the culprits, D’Souza said.
He, however, said he was disappointed that the state government had not yet been able to make any arrest. The 71-year-old Sister Superior of the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Gangnapur in the Ranaghat sub-division in Nadia district was gangraped on Saturday. Superintendent of Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital A K Mondol said the hospital authorities were in a position to release her, but the final decision has to be taken by the patient party, the police and the district administration.
Four persons, who allegedly committed the crime, were caught on a CCTV installed in the school. The SP had announced a reward of Rs one lakh for providing information leading to the arrest of the accused.
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