CPI(M) leaders criticize Mamata on rape incident

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday came under criticism from her predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who accused her of not giving importance to the alleged rape incident of an Anglo-Indian woman.

"The government without finding out what happened, pooh-poohed the allegation, how could she?" Bhattacharjee asked at a CPI(M) rally at Brigade Parade Ground here, without naming Banerjee.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose was also critical of the chief minister, saying "instead of investigating, the government said it was a conspiracy to malign the government.

"Now the police has confirmed that there was indeed an incident," he said.

"Despite being a woman herself, the chief minister is not upholding the interest and dignity of women," Bose alleged.

Banerjee had claimed that the incident was a "fabricated story" intended to malign her government and blamed some TV channels for projecting it.

The woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint after being picked up in a car from outside a night club at Park Street on February five.