Crime

Police arrest TMC leader for allegedly raping woman who refused to pay ‘bribe’ for loan sanction

October 10, 2017 11:51 AM
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The complaint stated that Trinamool Congress leader Asit Hazra was angry after the woman refused to pay him Rs 10,000 out of the Rs 40,000 loan that she received under the Indira Awas Yojana to build a house. 

Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Nandigram was arrested on Monday after a woman in her mid-thirties accused him of raping her and alleged she was sexually assaulted as she refused to pay him a ‘bribe’ — part of the loan she got under a scheme to fund housing for the poor.

The complaint stated that Hazra was angry after she refused to pay him Rs 10,000 out of the Rs 40,000 loan that she got under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).

“We arrested (Asit) Hazra on Monday night from a relative’s house,” said Alok Rajoria, superintendent of police of East Midnapore district.

The incident took place on September 30 in Subdi village of Amdabad area in Nandigram, about 150 km from Kolkata, and the complaint was lodged on October 2.

The medical examination of the woman was conducted on October 3 that confirmed rape. The confidential statement of the mother of two children was also recorded in Haldia.

According to her complaint to the police, the 45-year-old leader took advantage of the fact that the area was deserted as the villagers had gone to attend the funeral of a neighbour.

She said Hazra grabbed her and dragged her to the first-floor room of a local club and raped her.

The complaint stated that Hazra was angry after she refused to pay him Rs 10,000 out of the Rs 40,000 loan that she got under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).

“Asit Hazra told me that since I did not give him the money, he would take my honour. He also threatened me that if I disclosed the matter to the police or villagers, he will kill the members of my family. He also said that I would be implicated in false cases,” the woman, whose husband is a daily wage earner, alleged.

Nandigram is a milestone in the history of Trinamool Congress as it proved to be the end of the 34-year old Left Front government in the eastern. It hit the headlines after 14 villagers fell to police bullets in March 2007.

The villagers were resisting the attempts of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government to acquire 10,000 acres for a special economic zone.

Leaders of the ruling Trinamool said no one from the party could be involved in “such a heinous crime”.

“I don’t know why the woman and some outsiders are levelling false allegation against us. We are the only party which respect the women,” said Mahim Gayen, a Trinamool Congress leader and gram panchayat pradhan of Amdabad.

“However, the law will take its own course and police will conduct a proper investigation,” Ranjit Mondal, MLA of neighbouring Khejuri constituency and a former zilla sabhadhipati of East Midnapore, told the Hindustan Times.

 

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