Trinamool Leader Arrested After Rape Allegations By Women In Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

The issue has been at the centre of a political firestorm.

A Trinamool Congress block president, who had been missing since women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali levelled allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him and another party member, has been arrested. Police said Shibu Prasad Hazra was arrested on Saturday and sections of rape have been added to the first information report. 

The Sandeshkhali issue has been at the centre of a political firestorm in the state, with the opposition and the ruling party trading charges. Delegations of the BJP and the Congress were stopped from visiting the village on Friday. 

West Bengal Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said a woman did not make any allegations when the police spoke to her but made a statement before a magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure code. 

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the state police chief said, “Despite talking to so many women we still haven’t received any such (rape) complaints. A woman has given a statement before the magistrate. We have added it to the FIR.”

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