Burdwan: A woman was allegedly gangraped
when she resisted dacoits looting passengers of a local train
in West Bengal`s Burdwan district.
The dacoits, who were posing as passengers, held the guard
of the Ahmedpur-Katwa narrow gauge passenger hostage yesterday
and forced the driver to stop the train near Pachundi and
started looting the people on board near Panchundi in Katwa
area, police said.
Director General of Police (Railways) Dilip Mitra who
visited the spot today along with SDPO, Katwa, Dhrubajyoti Roy
said that the woman complained to the police that she was
dragged out of the train and raped by some men near the
"The woman has been identified. I have spoken to her.
An FIR was lodged immmediately after the incident," Mitra
Roy said he went to the residence of the woman at
Ambalpur nearby Pachundi under Ketugram Police station
yesterday following the incident and after listening to her
took her to the Government Railway Police at Katwa where she
lodged the complaint of rape.
The SDPO said that three persons were detained
following the complaint.
Mitra said the woman was sent for a medical examination
and the report was awaited.
CPI(M) workers demonstrated at the Katwa railway
station protesting against the incident.
"Clear proceedings will be initiated in the rape case. We
always take cognizance when we receive such complaints. There
is no need for us to see where it has taken place, whether in
the district or elsewhere," Mitra said.
He said that he had also inquired from the victim
whether the GRP had behaved properly with her when she went
to lodge the complaint and she had replied in the affirmative.
The passengers had lodged a complaint about the
dacoity with the GRP after the train reached Katwa at about
8:00 pm last night.
The incident is the third instance of rape reported in
the state recently.
The first was the rape case of an Anglo-Indian woman
returning from a night club on Park Street on February five.
Two police officers had also made objectionable comments when
she went to lodge the complaint four days later at the Park
Street police station.
On February 17, a ragpicker was allegedly raped by a
truck driver and his helper at Baranagar in North 24 Parganas