Rape remark: Kiran Bedi urges Mamata Banerjee to suspend TMC MP Tapas Pal, lodge FRI

Critising sharply the insensitive rape, murder remark of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Tapas Pal, former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi said on Monday that he should be suspended from the party adding that the onus is now on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take action against the tainted leader.

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 23:22 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Critising sharply the insensitive rape, murder remark of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Tapas Pal, former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi said on Monday that he should be suspended from the party adding that the onus is now on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take action against the tainted leader.

“Onus is on Mamata Banerjee to throw him (Tapas Pal) out of party, suspend him from Parliament and register FIR,” Bedi told reporters here.

She further said, “This is a test for Mamata Banerjee, she should follow the rule of the law.”

According to reports, Tapas Pal has threatened to kill opposition CPI-M workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked.
"If any CPI-M man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don`t try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you. I am not from Kolkata," Pal said in a video of his speech at Choumaha village in Nadia district which surfaced on a TV news channel and went viral.

"I am from Chandannagar. Leaders are created by workers. I am also a goonda. I will shoot you guys if a Trinamool Congress worker is ever attacked. If you have the guts, then stop me. Keep this is in mind," the actor-politician warned, PTI reported.

"Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won`t spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson," Pal added.
He, however, denied that he spoke about rape. "What I said was I will tell my workers to `raid`."

Meanwhile, Trinamool national spokesperson Derek O`Brien said the party does not endorse Pal`s statement which was "insensitive" whatever be the provocation.

With agency inputs