AGARTALA, March 14 - In the wake of a public outcry, the police have lodged an FIR against Saurabh Paul for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman before burning her body at Rangacherra village in Mohanpur subdivision of West Tripura district.
A case has been registered under Sections 376 and 306 of the IPC against Paul, a driver by profession, at the Sidhai Police Station and an in-depth investigation has been initiated, said West Tripura SP Manik Das.
The charred body of the woman was found on a paddy field at Rangacherra on Friday. The deceased�s family alleged that Paul had raped and murdered her.
The victim�s mother, however, was not allowed to speak to a visiting Congress delegation headed by former PCC president Gopal Roy.
�We went to Rangacherra to ascertain the facts of the incident as it had shocked the entire State. But the victim�s mother was forced to enter the hut when she was narrating the incident to us,� said Subal Bhowmik, a senior Congress leader at a press conference.
Bhowmik further alleged that a journalist, Jakir Hussain, who went to gather information about the gruesome incident, was heckled by BJP-backed goons. �An anarchy-like situation is prevailing in the State under the BJP rule as it has become unsafe for women. This particular incident shows that criminals have a free run under the Biplab Kumar Deb-led Government,� he alleged.
The CPI(M)�s women wing, All India Democratic Women�s Association (AIDWA), today took out a massive rally seeking speedy justice for the victim. �The women are no longer safe under the BJP regime and the Rangacherra incident is a glaring example of that,� said Rama Das, president of the AIDWA.
The ruling BJP also condemned the incident and demanded stringent action against the culprits. �The way the 22-year-old was burnt to death has shocked and terrified us. The party wants that the accused persons should be awarded exemplary punishment,� said party spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee.
He also exhorted the Oppositions not to indulge in politics over the shocking incident.