After Mamata prod, Bengal Police detain 8 accused
Police have already identified the gang members involved in the crime through CCTV footage. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team has already begun probe into the incident and forensic experts collected finger prints and other samples from the spot.
Sources in the government on Sunday said that the police are close to solving the case, adding that they are probing several angles including the possible role of insiders in the incident — the school had sacked three security guards for dereliction of duty in December last year.
“The principal of the school, a nun, had received a threat call last week. Someone said she would be killed if she stepped out of the premises. She complained to the police and police should have given protection. They did not, apparently — that’s what I am hearing — that she only filed a complaint and not an FIR,” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza, Archbishop of Calcutta. School sources claimed that the threat call was traced to a former student, who was expelled for allegedly sexually harassing a classmate. Condemning the “horrific” crime, the Mamata Banerjee on Saturday promised “swift action.”
The West Bengal Governor Kesrinath Tripathi has appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the administration to nab the culprits. The police has announced a reward of one lakh rupees for providing information about the guilty. Tripathi on Sunday sought public help to arrest those who gang-raped a 72-year-old nun in Nadia district even as cops have detained eight people and are interrogating them. “The state government will take strict action in this matter,” said Tripathi.
“The administration will surely apprehend the culprits and punish them. I feel the people should also come forward to help nab the culprits,” he added. The 72-year-old nun of a convent school was gang-raped in Ranaghat town, some 80km from Kolkata, early on Saturday.