Kolkata, Jan 2 IANS | 11 months ago

In an apparent reference to the double rape and death of a teenager by a Madhyamgram gang, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday claimed that a conspiracy has been hatched to stop the government from serving the people.


"Some people are indulging in conspiracy. When no other politics works, such conspiracies are hatched," Banerjee said, targeting the opposition parties, at an official programme.

The chief minister asserted that her government's main mantra was development and progress.

"We will continue to be with the people. We will bring development, peace. The better you work, the more intense will be the conspiracy, narrow politics," Banerjee said at the launch of the state's administrative calendar.

Referring to the 34 years of Left Front rule before her government took office, she said those who did not perform during their reign, were now behind the conspiracy.

"We will go on doing good work and no conspiracy can halt our good work...it is futile to stop us from doing our work by means of any conspiracy...we will break through the obstructions that are created in the path to progress," she said.

The teenager was twice raped by a gang in October. She breathed her last Tuesday at the government-run R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted with severe burn injuries Dec 23.

The girl's body was Wednesday consigned to flames amid a raging political row over an alleged attempt by police to forcibly conduct the cremation.

The girl's family as well as the opposition Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), and the Congress alleged that city police took away the girl's body and tried to forcibly cremate it.

The girl's father, a taxi driver hailing from Bihar, met Governor M.K. Narayanan Wednesday and expressed fears over his family's security after being allegedly threatened by police and goons to leave the state.

Police, however, have denied the allegations.

On Wednesday, political organisations and civil society members brought out rallies on the city streets to protest police inaction, and condemned rising crimes against women in the state.

(Posted on 02-01-2014)