Relatives of deceased 15-year-old held for rape, murder in Bengal’s Ranaghat | Latest News India

Days after a 15-year-old lady was suspected to have died by suicide at Ranaghat in West Bengal’s Nadia district, police have arrested her aunt, brother-in-law and the latter’s uncle for rape and murder.

On April 14, the lady was discovered hanging at her aunt’s residence the place she had gone to have a good time Charak competition. The arrests had been made on Saturday, a day after the minor’s father filed a criticism in opposition to the accused alleging rape and murder, police mentioned.

Initially, the police suspected it to be a case of suicide and booked the minor’s aunt and her household for abetment. A postmortem was accomplished at Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital on Friday.

“The girl’s father brought allegations of rape and murder on Friday and fresh charges were filed by the police. A second postmortem was done on Saturday,” mentioned Sayak Das, superintendent of police, Ranaghat.

The second post-mortem was accepted by the Ranaghat court docket.

The police arrested the lady’s aunt, her cousin’s husband and the latter’s uncle on Saturday and booked them for rape and murder below related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

On Saturday, the accused had been produced earlier than the Ranaghat court docket, which remanded them in police custody.

The lady’s father advised reporters that he felt suspicious on seeing the physique. “I could not see any apparent sign of hanging. Moreover, it was claimed that she had hung herself from a ceiling fan. The fan was placed way too high for someone of her height to reach,” he mentioned.

The case took a political flip with the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleging that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Nadia district hatched a conspiracy to malign the federal government.

The TMC made the allegation after an audio clip of a purported telephonic dialog between two males surfaced on social media on Saturday.

In the purported clip, a person might be heard saying the incident needs to be made a difficulty for the TMC and strain have to be created on the police. “We have to make the family change the complaint,” one man might be heard saying in the clip.

HT couldn’t independently confirm the authenticity of the audio clip.

TMC state basic secretary Kunal Ghosh mentioned, “This is clearly a conspiracy by the BJP to malign the government. The clip must be analysed and probed.”

Rejecting the allegations, BJP’s Nadia south unit president Partha Sarathi Chatterjee mentioned, “Those who can be heard in the audio clip do not belong to our party.”

Meanwhile, police arrested a 3rd suspect in the alleged gang rape and loss of life of a 14-year-old lady at Hanskhali in Nadia district. The case is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

On Saturday, third accused Ranjit Mullick was arrested by CBI. Mullick was produced earlier than the Ranaghat court docket on Sunday and remanded in CBI custody. Earlier, police had arrested essential accused Brajagopal Gayali, the son of native TMC panchayat member Samarendra Gayali, and his good friend Prabhakar Poddar.

The alleged gang rape passed off on the evening of April 4. The sufferer, a Class 9 scholar, died the subsequent morning, allegedly as a consequence of extreme bleeding, police mentioned.

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