College student gang-raped, killed in Bengal

Kolkata, June 8 (IANS) A 20-year-old college student was gang-raped and murdered in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, triggering protests. Three people have been arrested, police said Saturday.

“Following a complaint of gang-rape and murder, we have arrested three people,” an officer of Barasat police station said.

The crime occurred Friday in Barasat, some 25 km from Kolkata.

Police said the victim, who had earlier been harassed by the men, was missing since Friday afternoon. Later that night, her body was found near Kirtipur in the area.

The state government has directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to take over the investigation, and announced a job for a family member of the victim.

“The CID has been directed to take over the investigation. We will ensure that a family member of the victim is provided with a job,” state Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick said.

Both Mallick and Nurul Islam, Trinamool Congress MP from nearby Basirhat, faced hundreds of angry protesters demanding death penalty for the culprits.

The protests, which started with the recovery of the body, continued Saturday.

“We will continue protesting until (Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee intervenes and ensures that the culprits are hanged to death,” one angry protestor said.

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