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Birbhum gangrape: Supreme Court seeks records

Kolkata/New Delhi, Feb 14 : The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government to get all records pertaining to the Birbhum gangrape case.


The apex court asked for copies of the First Information Report (FIR), recorded statements and forensic reports.

On Jan 28, the West Bengal forensic team submitted its primary observation report in the case.

The report was submitted to Birbhum Police.

Details of the report was not disclosed to the media.

Meanwhile, a five-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to probe the case.

The investigation officer in the case, Bahadur Mondal, who was a sub-inspector at Labhpur Police Station in West Bengal's Birbhum district, was removed after an alleged initial goof-up in the investigation process.

Tribals in Birbhum on Jan 25 held protests against the gang-rape of a 20-year-old woman by 13 men on the orders of a Khap Panchayat.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the Birbhum gang-rape case, the Supreme Court on Jan 24 issued a notice to the West Bengal government and asked it to file a report within a week even as all the 13 accused in the case were taken into police custody.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court ordered the probe.

--IBNS (Posted on 14-02-2014)

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