Nun gangrape: West Bengal government to hand over the case to CBI

Kolkata/Ranaghat:The West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to hand over the case of gangrape of a 71-year-old nun of a Ranaghat convent school to the CBI as the demand for justice grew louder with the culprits still at large even after four days of the incident.

"Considering the seriousness and sensitivity of the case and also the fact that the place of incidence is very close to border area, I have decided to entrust the investigation of the case to the CBI," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a Facebook post. She said her government would provide all necessary cooperation and assistance to the CBI for investigation in this case.

"The Ranaghat incident of March 14 is a very serious matter. The police administration was instructed to take swift action to nab the culprits. They are making their best efforts," Banerjee said. The state government had earlier ordered a CID probe into the incident.

No arrest could be made so far although 15 persons have been detained in this connection, the police said. President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, who arrived at Ranaghat to express solidarity with Sister Superior of a convent school who was allegedly gangraped, said, "CBCI would like to request the authorities to ensure that justice is done."

"Justice should be made visible and such act should not continue. We are here to see personally what has happened," he said.

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