West Bengal gang-rape "leader" missing
Police is on the look out for an eighth man in the West Bengal gang-rape of two women at a village in Amta under Howrah district recently.
The eighth man, identified as an alleged Trinamool functionary, had led the attackers even as the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said the rapes were an organized attack by the ruling Trinamool Congress group as political vendetta.
While seven people were arrested already, the eighth person named in the FIR is Barun Makal, who is absconding.
Media reports said he is an election agent of a Trinamool MLA and had led the attacks.
CPI-M leader Mohammad Selim said: "This is a horrific case since men folk of the village were first forced to flee the village first. It was a organized gang-rape. Trinamool leaders are involved. What is happening in the name of change? "
Tension prevailed at Amta area after the two women belonging to the same family were allegedly gang-raped by eight men on Tuesday.
Forensic experts have reached the village.
The alleged rapists were reportedly linked to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) but the party said such attackers have no political colour.
The incident took a political turn as the victims reportedly belonged to a family of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporters.
A Left Front delegation led by CPI-M leader Biman Basu is visiting Uluberia Hospital to meet the victims Friday.
TMC MP Mukul Roy told reporters, "People who are involved in such crimes have no colour or caste."
According to reports, the miscreants on Tuesday barged into the house of the victims and gangraped them.
(Posted on 07-02-2014)