This Article is From Jan 20, 2014

Calcutta High Court directs IPS officer Damayanti Sen to probe Madhyamgram gang-rape

Calcutta High Court directs IPS officer Damayanti Sen to probe Madhyamgram gang-rape

The teen, who was gang-raped in October last year, was set on fire in December.

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today directed that IPS officer Damayanti Sen, who had solved the sensational Park Street gang-rape case, would investigate the alleged murder of a gang-rape victim at Madhyamgram on the outskirts of Kolkata.

Accepting the West Bengal government's proposal, Justice Dipankar Dutta directed that the court would monitor the investigation into the alleged murder of a 16-year-old girl who had died of severe burns.

Justice Dutta directed that Ms Sen would submit the report before the court before February 10 when the matter was taken up for hearing again.

Advocate-General Bimal Chatterjee had submitted before Justice Dutta last Friday that if the court permitted, Ms Sen might be given charge of the investigation.

Ms Sen, at present DIG, CID, had been unceremoniously transferred as DIG (training) at Police Training College Barrackpore after she had cracked the case of the gang-rape of a woman in a moving car in the upmarket Park Street area in early 2012.

She was later made the DIG, Darjeeling Range and was transferred again in August last year as DIG, CID.

The girl's father had filed a petition before the high court seeking CBI probe into the death.


Claiming that the state police has been lackadaisical in investigating the case since October 26 when the hapless girl was gang-raped near her residence at Madhyamgram in the Barasat Police Station area of South 24-Parganas district, her father Ramshankar Jha prayed for the CBI investigation.

The petitioner also claimed that with the police having failed to provide adequate security to the girl and her family after she was shifted to a different area for more security, it is difficult to put faith on such force to hold a proper investigation.

The victim, daughter of a taxi driver, was gang-raped on October 26 last year and again when she was returning home after lodging a police complaint.

She died in hospital last week due to burn injuries after she was allegedly set ablaze by associates of the rape accused.

All the accused in connection with the gang-rape and alleged murder have been arrested.