West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee breaks silence on Nadia district rape case

News Desk: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has raised questions over the reports of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in Nadia district on April 5.

“This story they are showing that a minor has died due to rape, will you call it a rape? Was she pregnant or had a love affair? Have they enquired? I have asked the police. They have made arrests. I was told the girl had an affair with the boy” the CM said.

The minor was allegedly raped when she went to a birthday party. She died on April 5. The victim’s family alleged that the body was cremated without an autopsy under pressure from a local Trinamool Congress panchayat leader, whose son Braj Gopal Goala (21) is the prime accused in the case.

A police complaint was lodged five days after the incident (April 10).

The CM said “The girl died on 5th and police came to know on 10th. If she died on April 5 and if there is a complaint, then why did they not go to the police on the day of the incident? They cremated the body! Where will the police get the evidence?”

Mamata Banerjee said “It was a love affair and that’s confirmed as the family was aware of it. If a couple is in a relationship can I stop it? This is not UP, we don’t do Love Jihad here. This is their personal freedom. But if there is any misdeed, police will arrest the culprits. One suspect has been arrested already”.

Further taking a dig at the BJP and the media, the Bengal CM said “In the morning, the BJP decides what the headline will be and news channels follow it. How many times have they discussed fuel price hikes? How many times did they discuss the Delhi riots, NRC?”

Meanwhile, the BJP called for a 12-hour bandh in Ranaghat on Monday, demanding justice for the deceased and has been holding a silent protest. BJP leader Archana Majumder also visited the victim’s family.