29, Jan 2016
Friday, 29 January 2016 | Saugar Sengupta | Kolkata
The City Sessions Court on Thursday convicted six persons in the Kamduni gang-rape case in which a poor yet meritorious college student was accosted and dragged inside an abandoned industrial area while she was returning from college raped and murdered with sickening brutality in June 2013.
The Additional Sessions Judge Sanchita Kar held Ansar Ali, Aminul, Ali, Saiful Ali, Aminul Islam, Imanul Ali and Bhola Naskar guilty of gang-rape-and-murder under Sections 376(d), 302, 120B, 201 of the Indian Penal Code. Saiful Ali who accosted and then dragged the victim inside the premises was also found guilty under Sections 342 and 109 wrongful confinement and abetment.
Two other accused Rafiqul Islam and Nur Ali were given benefit of doubt and acquitted, Government lawyers said. Meanwhile with Assembly elections round the corner sources at State headquarters at Nabanna said decisions had been taken to move the High Court immediately to block the release of Rafiqul and Nur who are reportedly related to a local Trinamool Congress leader.
Happening a year after the high-profile Park Street gang-rape case the one at Kamduni set off State-wide protest on account of sloppiness showed by the police and the Government leading even to a heated exchange of words between the villagers and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who visited the spot after ten days of the incident.