In a shocking incident, Trinamool Congress workers allegedly raped a pregnant woman after they failed to coerce her sister-in-law contesting on a BJP ticket to withdraw her nomination to the forthcoming panchayat election in Nadia district, say media reports.
According to a report in DNA, the incident took place at Shantipur village of the district on Sunday night, a day after the last date of withdrawal of nominations for the three-tier Panchayat elections.
The report quoted the rape surveyor’s relative and the BJP candidate of Shantipur Belgharia II gram panchayat. The candidate said she was under tremendous pressure from TMC goons right from the day she had filed her nomination. She said that TMC workers had asked her husband to meet the local TMC leader, on several occasions and they were under so much pressure that they had to leave home and stay at an undisclosed location. “On Sunday, a group of 30 persons had come to our place. While 7-8 broke open my house, the others waited outside. They looted valuables from my house, ransacked my residence and broke three handlooms which we used to make sarees. My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her three and a half year old son were staying in the adjoining house. They broke open their house, held the child at gun point and beat up the two ladies. My sister-in-law is four months pregnant. She was beaten and raped,” the BJP candidate told DNA.
According to the report, District Superintendent of Police Santosh Pandey that a police complaint had been filed and a rape case has been initiated. Local BJP leaders said that they stand beside the victim family. “People of the village has been guarding the house of the victim to avoid further trouble,” said Sufal Sarkar, local BJP leader.