Five-member BJP women’s team to visit Hanskhali,

Kolkata, April 13 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President J.P. Nadda on Wednesday nominated a five-member fact-finding committee to visit the site of alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl at Hanskhali in West Bengal’s Nadia district. The all-women panel members are Rekha Verma, Baby Rani Maurya, Vanathi Srinivasan, Kushbu Sunder and Rupmitra Chaudhary The committee has been asked to submit its report at the earliest. The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday ordered a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Hanskhali gangrape and murder case, in which a Trinamool Congress leader’s son has been arrested as one of the prime suspects., The division bench of Calcutta high court comprising chief justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bhardwaj also asked the federal investigating agency to file its preliminary report on May 2. The court said the people must have confidence in the rule of law and asked the state government to extend all the necessary help to the CBI in the investigation. The hearing followed an appeal from an advocate seeking a CBI probe into the heinous crime, which has sent shockwaves across the state. Brajogopal Goali (21), the son of a Trinamool Congress gram panchayat member Samar Goali was arrested on Sunday for the gang-rape of the minor that led to her death on April 5 in Hanskhali block. According to an FIR lodged on Saturday by the victim’s father, the Class IX student had gone to attend Braagopal’s birthday party in Hanskhali’s Gajna village on Monday, April 4. The girl returned home in the early hours of Tuesday, feeling severely ill and bleeding profusely, her family said. It is believed that she was forced to drink alcohol and then raped by the accused and his friends. The minor’s father said she was dropped home by a woman and some dentified men. He added that they were threatened not to take the child to any government hospital or report the matter to the police. The girl’s father took her to a local doctor but she died in the afternoon. The victim was cremated in haste on the same day at a local crematorium, allegedly at the insistence of the Goalis. One report says that the body was burned after pouring kerosene to erase all evidence. A worker of the crematorium where the body was cremated has remained untraced since the incident. The victim’s family was afraid of approaching police because of Samar Goali’s influence and connections. Finally, the family was able to lodge a complaint with the help of the Nadia district Childline. BM SSP

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