New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed an uproar over the gang-rape of a 71-year-old nun by dacoits in West Bengal's Nadia district.
As the din continued and members indulged in blame and counter-blame over the incident, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu appealed to the political parties to not politicise the issue.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister further said that the central government will not shirk from its responsibilities and take stringent actions in such matters. However, centre cannot interfere in state government's matters, he added.
“Atrocious incident has taken place. The West Bengal government has assured that action will be taken,” he said.
Naidu made these remarks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “deep concern” over the incident and sought report from the state government.
Even Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urged the MPs to not play politics over the issue.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's cavalcade was blocked by angry protesters when she visited the Ranghat sub division where the incident had taken place.
While 10 people have been detained so far, no arrests have been made yet.