Unrest in Bengal's Uttar Dinajpur over teen's death; police say claim of physical assault not true
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Violence erupted in the Sonarpur area of West Bengal's North Dinajpur district over the death of a teenage girl. The family of the girl alleged that she was sexually assaulted and murdered by five men who were looking for her a day before. Angry locals set buses and police vehicles on fire and blocked National Highway 31 demanding justice for the teenage girl.
The police fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob and cleared the highway, reported news agency PTI. The situation in the area remained tense and Rapid Action Force was deployed to contain violence.
According to NDTV, the sister of the girl said that she had cleared her class 10 board exams last week and went missing on Saturday night. The next day, her body was found under a tree and two bicycles and mobile phones have also been recovered from the site.
However, West Bengal Police said that the post mortem report has revealed she died due to the "effect of poison" and ruled out any sign of sexual or physical assault.
"Police contacted the family and sent the body for Post Mortem. Inquest by a magistrate and videography of the Post Mortem was done. As per the PM report cause of death is "effect of poison". No injury marks anywhere in the body has been found. There is no sign of sexual or physical assault," West Bengal Police said.
BJP targets Mamata Banerjee government
Meanwhile, the opposition BJP has jumped into the matter and questioned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's "conspicuous silence over the "gruesome abduction".
"Mamata Banerjee regime is conspicuously silent on the gruesome abduction, r**e and murder of a 15-year-old girl in the sensitive Uttar Dinajpur district of Bengal. This is not an isolated incident," said Raju Bista, BJP Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling.
The ruling Trinamool Congress said that the BJP was trying to give political colour to the incident and accused the saffron party of instigating people and disturb the peace.
"The police are investigating the matter. The BJP is desperately trying to give political colour to the incident, instigate a section of people and disturb peace," Kanaia Lal Agarwal, TMC district president said.
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