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Park Street rape: Charges framed

Posted on Feb 19, 04:42PM | IBNS

Kolkata, Feb 19 : A fast-track sessions court here framed charges against three accused in the sensational Park Street rape case on Tuesday.

"Two of the accused have been charged with gangrape, criminal conspiracy, common intent and criminal intimidation," CNN-IBN reported.

"The third accused has been charged only with gangrape," said the national news channel.

The hearing of the case will start from Mar 2.

Two other accused in the case are absconding, reports said.

The Supreme Court recently dismissed the bail plea of the two accused in the case in which a 37-year-old Anglo-Indian woman was allegedly raped and beaten up by a group of men who took her in their car offering a lift after impersonating as another group in a night joint.

The prime accused in the Park Street rape case is hiding in Bangladesh, according a report quoting police sources in a leading English daily of Kolkata.

The Telegraph recently quoting unnamed sources reported that Kolkata Police have come to know that Kadir Khan, who was the prime accused in the rape in February last year, is hiding in Chittagong in Bangladesh.

The accused, who was engaged to a Tollywood actress, is keeping in touch with his family in Kolkata and has been using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to connect with them, the report said.

Notably, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar recently triggered a fresh controversy over the incident when she said the infamous Park Street rape case in West Bengal was not a 'rape case' but a 'misunderstanding between the lady and her client'.

The 37-year-old mother of two, belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, had said that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside the moving car after she was given a lift in the vehicle from Park Street area in Kolkata on the Feb 5-6 night last year.

After the woman identified a wrong set of people as her tormentors owing to impersonation by the gang, the Mamata Banerjee government first called it a fabricated incident though a woman police official later cracked the case and several were arrested even as Kadir managed to escape.

A lady IPS officer of Kolkata Police, Damayanti Sen, who had cracked the case and said a rape indeed took place, was later removed from her position as the joint commissioner of police (crime) triggering more controversy over the incident.