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Ranaghat nun rape case: Bail pleas made by five accused rejected

In the early hours of March 14, a group of alleged Bangladeshi bandits broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat sexually assaulting the 71-year-old nun and robbing cash.
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The bail pleas of five arrested in the rape of a septuagenarian nun in a convent school at Ranaghat were rejected by a local court on Thursday.Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Nadia Bishnu Baran Mondal rejected the bail pleas of Md. Salim Seikh, Milan Sarkar, Gopal Sarkar, Khaleda Rahaman Mintoo and Ohidul Islam against whom a charge sheet was filed on June 23 by CID.According to the Assistant Public Prosecutor Pradip Kumar Pramanick, the five would next be produced in the court on August 13. The main accused in the case Nazrul Islam, alias Noju, was not produced by CID today as he was taken away for production in another case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the early hours of March 14, a group of alleged Bangladeshi bandits broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat sexually assaulting the 71-year-old nun and robbing cash.

Prime accused in Bengal nun gangrape caught in Kolkata’s Sealdah station

Kolkata: The two prime accused in the gangrape of a septuagenarian nun at Ranaghat in Nadia district of West Bengal have been arrested by the CID from Sealdah station, a senior official of the investigating agency said here on Friday.

“We have arrested Milan Kumar Sarkar and Wahidul Islam from Sealdah station (Main) last night,” the official said.

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“Acting on a tip-off, we had laid a trap and when the duo arrived at the station, we arrested them,” the official said adding, “both are Bangladeshi nationals and they don’t have any valid passport or document.”

The Sister Superior of Jesus and Mary’s Convent School was gangraped by dacoits at Ranaghat in Nadia district on 14 March.

With the arrest of these two, the total number of arrests in the case went up to five.

Earlier one person was arrested from Mumbai and two others were nabbed from West Bengal.

The investigation into the involvement of the arrested duo was on, the official said.

Apart from brutalising the nun, the criminals had also looted Rs 12 lakh in cash from the convent’s coffer.

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Prime accused in West Bengal nun gangrape caught in Kolkata’s Sealdah station

Kolkata: The two prime accused in the gangrape of a septuagenarian nun at Ranaghat in Nadia district of West Bengal have been arrested by the CID from Sealdah station, a senior official of the investigating agency said here on Friday.

“We have arrested Milan Kumar Sarkar and Wahidul Islam from Sealdah station (Main) last night,” the official said.

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“Acting on a tip-off, we had laid a trap and when the duo arrived at the station, we arrested them,” the official said adding, “both are Bangladeshi nationals and they don’t have any valid passport or document.”

The Sister Superior of Jesus and Mary’s Convent School was gangraped by dacoits at Ranaghat in Nadia district on 14 March.

With the arrest of these two, the total number of arrests in the case went up to five.

Earlier one person was arrested from Mumbai and two others were nabbed from West Bengal.

The investigation into the involvement of the arrested duo was on, the official said.

Apart from brutalising the nun, the criminals had also looted Rs 12 lakh in cash from the convent’s coffer.

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West Bengal: 2 main accused in Nadia nun gang-rape case nabbed

They will be produced in Ranaghat court today.

Two months after a 72-year-old nun of a convent at Ranaghat in Nadia district of West Bengal was gang-raped, the CID arrested two main accused in connection with the case on Thursday night.The CID nabbed Milan Sarkar and Ahidul Islam Babu from Sealdah station. They will be produced in Ranaghat court on Friday and the CID is likely to pray for CID custody of the accused.Earlier, CID had made two arrests in connection with the case, while the main accused were still at large.On March 14, the nun was gang-raped in the wee hours of the night. Some miscreants broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat in Nadia district and looted as many as Rs 12 lakhs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the sister superior of the convent tried to resist them, she was allegedly gang-raped. The dacoits tied up the security guard and then went on a rampage inside the convent.Taking no chances, the state government was quick to react. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately ordered a CID probe into the case.

West Bengal nun gangrape: Two Bangladeshi immigrants arrested

Kolkata/Mumbai:  In a breakthrough, the CID today arrested two persons, both Bangladeshi nationals, one from West Bengal and the other from Mumbai, in connection with the gangrape of a 71-year-old nun at a convent school in Nadia district that caused a nation-wide outrage. The incident had taken place at Ranaghat in West Bengal 12 days ago.

The first arrest was made in Mumbai when Sikander Sheikh alias Salim was picked up in the early hours, while Gopal Sarkar was taken into custody from Habra in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, IG, CID (Operations) Dilip Adak told reporters here.

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He said that Salim, who was arrested from Nagpada area in south Mumbai by the West Bengal police in coordination with their Mumbai counterpart, confessed during interrogation that he had been involved in the crime. “We will get more details after further interrogation,” he said.

The IG CID said that Sarkar, the other Bangladeshi national, who had been illegally staying in West Bengal since 2002, had given shelter to the culprits, who committed the heinous crime.

“We are interrogating him. We will come to know who were the other partners in the crime. We can’t disclose anything more at this stage. We will produce him in the court tomorrow,” he said. Meanwhile, Salim was produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Papia Das at Ranaghat and remanded in 14 days of police custody.

The nun of Jesus and Mary Convent School was gangraped at Gangnapur in Nadia district of West Bengal in the early hours of March 14 which caused an outrage in the country and abroad, after which a CID probe was ordered into the incident.

A study of the CCTV footage at the convent in Ranaghat sub-division had shown visuals of four persons, who were allegedly involved in the crime. The gang broke into the school and three-four of them raped the woman after gagging her. The gang also took away Rs 12 lakh kept in the almirah locker before fleeing the place.

The nun was admitted to a local hospital and later taken to an undisclosed destination after being discharged. The West Bengal government had also recommended a CBI probe into the incident.

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Nadia gangrape: Septugenarian nun fit for discharge, say hospital authorities

Ranaghat: The elderly nun who was allegedly gangraped by dacoits in Nadia district on Saturday was declared fit for discharge from Ranghat subdivisional hospital but the convent authorities are yet to take a final decision.

The hospital superintendent A K Mondol said “the hospital authorities are in a position to release her, but the convent authorities have not communicated to us their final decision.”

The medical board constituted to examine the Sister Superior has examined her and the nun is taking her food and medicines, the superintendent said.

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President of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) Baselios Cardinal Cleemis had met the septuagenarian nun and prayed with her at the hospital yesterday.

Immediately after arriving at Gangnapur, the Cardinal went to the convent to meet the other nuns to give them moral support and visited the nun at the hospital.

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

The West Bengal government yesterday decided to hand over the case to the CBI as the demand for justice grew louder with
the culprits still at large.

“The CM has ordered a CBI probe and we are very happy and satisfied. We hope for the best,” the Cardinal said after calling on the chief minister at the state secretariat.

The Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza had also welcomed the state government’s move to hand over the investigation of the Rangaghat nun gangrape case to CBI.

He, however, said that he was disappointed that the state government had not yet been able to make any arrest. No arrest could be made so far although 15 persons have been detained in this connection, the police had said.

The 71-year-old Sister Superior of the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Gangnapur in the Ranaghat sub-division in Nadia
district was gangraped in the early hours on Saturday.

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Nun gangrape case: Decided to entrust investigation to CBI, says Mamata

Ranaghat: The West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to hand over the case of gangrape of a 71-year-old nun of a Rangaghat 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.

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Mamata Banerjee. PTI

She said her government would provide all necessary cooperation and assistance to the CBI for investigation in this case.

“The Ranaghat incident of 14th March 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.

The Cardinal who offered prayers at the Ranghat sub-divisional hospital room where the nun is being treated, said that “Sisters have forgiven (the culprits) but justice is to be made visible”.

Cardinal Cleemis, who will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later in the day, said, “I will request her to act fast. Such inhuman acts should be stopped.”

The Cardinal told an English daily, “We are living in a country with democratic values, where humans should be protected too and not just cows.”

Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza welcomed the state government’s move to hand over the investigation of the case to the CBI.

“In a way we are happy that the government is taking steps to nab the culprits,” D’Souza told PTI.

He, however, said he was disappointed that the state government had not yet been able to make any arrest.

The 71-year-old Sister Superior of the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Gangnapur in the Ranaghat sub-division in Nadia district was gangraped on Saturday.

Superintendent of Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital A K Mondol said the hospital authorities were “in a position to release her, but the final decision has to be taken by the patient party, the police and the district administration. “

Four persons, who allegedly committed the crime, were caught on a CCTV installed in the school. The SP had announced a reward of Rs one lakh for providing information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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NHRC seeks report from the West Bengal govt over the nun gangrape

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to West Bengal government seeking a report in connection of the alleged gangrape of a nun in the state.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

According to an official statement released today, NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, West Bengal calling for reports in the matter within two weeks.

The notice was issued after the commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that a 71-year-old nun was raped by a gang of seven dacoits inside a Convent in Gangnapur village of Nadia district in West Bengal on March 14.

Reportedly, the victim along with another nun tried to thwart the robbery attempt on the premises of the Convent. However, the dacoits tied up the other nun and raped the victim in front of her. They also decamped with Rs 12 lakh with 10 to 12 lakh rupees in cash.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to serious violation of human rights of victim.

A CID probe was ordered into the incident.

The District SP had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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Nun gangraped in West Bengal: Police detain 8, announce Rs 1 lakh reward for information

Krishanagar/Kolkata: Eight persons were on Monday detained in connection with the alleged gangrape of a 71-year-old nun in a convent school in Nadia district.

Nadia Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh said the interrogation of the eight persons was on and extensive searches were being conducted across the district.

The Sister Superior of Jesus and Mary’s Convent School,who is admitted to Ranaghat Hospital, is said to be stable now, hospital authorities said. West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi hoped that the culprits would soon be arrested and the public also have a responsibility to help authorities to catch them.

“No one should insult any religious institute like this. I am sure that this government will do its best to catch the culprits”, the Governor told reporters on the sidelines of a programme in Kolkata.

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Herod Mullick, state working president of the Bangiya Christiya Pariseba, a united state forum of all denominational Christians, said at Gangnapur today that the motive of the culprits was not that of robbery alone, it was an attack on the minority community.

Strongly condemning the incident, Mullick said attacks against Christians have been increasing in different parts of the state. He claimed that the nun had sought police protection after she got life threats.

The SP had said yesterday that a study of the CCTV footage at the convent in Ranaghat subdivision had shown visuals of four persons who were allegedly involved in the crime.

The SP had also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh would to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused. The nun was allegedly gangraped by dacoits at Gangnapur in the early hours yesterday after which a CID probe was ordered into the incident.The gang also decamped with Rs 12 lakh.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday ordered a CID probe into the incident and promised “swift” and “strongest action” against the culprits. She had said that religious politics was being practised
in the name of “ghar wapasi” and that religious fanaticism is on the rise.

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Nun gangraped in West Bengal: Police detain eight, announce Rs 1 lakh reward for info

Krishanagar/Kolkata: Eight persons were today detained in connection with the alleged gangrape of a 71-year-old nun in a convent school in Nadia district.

Nadia Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh said the interrogation of the eight persons was on and extensive searches were being conducted across the district.

The Sister Superior of Jesus and Mary’s Convent School,who is admitted to Ranaghat Hospital, is said to be stable now, hospital authorities said. West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi hoped that the culprits
would soon be arrested and the public also have a responsibility to help authorities to catch them.

“No one should insult any religious institute like this. I am sure that this government will do its best to catch the culprits”, the Governor told reporters on the sidelines of a programme in Kolkata.

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Herod Mullick, state working president of the Bangiya Christiya Pariseba, a united state forum of all denominational Christians, said at Gangnapur today that the motive of the culprits was not that of robbery alone, it was an attack on the minority community.

Strongly condemning the incident, Mullick said attacks against Christians have been increasing in different parts of the state. He claimed that the nun had sought police protection after she got life threats.

The SP had said yesterday that a study of the CCTV footage at the convent in Ranaghat subdivision had shown visuals of four persons who were allegedly involved in the crime.

The SP had also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh would to any individual providing credible information leading to the arrest of the accused. The nun was allegedly gangraped by dacoits at Gangnapur in the early hours yesterday after which a CID probe was ordered into the incident.The gang also decamped with Rs 12 lakh.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday ordered a CID probe into the incident and promised “swift” and “strongest action” against the culprits. She had said that religious politics was being practised
in the name of “ghar wapasi” and that religious fanaticism is on the rise.

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