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Alleged gangrape of nun in WB takes political turn, state minister blames religious groups

Mar 15, 2015 01:06 PM IST India India
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Ranaghat: The gangrape of a nun in Nadia district has taken a political turn with West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim making a controversial statement on it and alleging that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's "ghar vapsi" campaign is responsible for the incident.

Accusing the VHP for raising communal tensions, he said, "This is an attack on humanity. This is because of religious fanaticism. This communal flare up is taking place because of ghar vapsi camps. The criminal investigation department will find whoever is responsible for this incident."

Even the Congress blamed saffron outfits of creating communal tension. Condemning the incident, Congress leader PC Chacko said, "The Chief Minister has ordered a probe, but we know what happens to such probes. It is true that the ghar vapsi activities are creating communal tension, the RSS should understand that now."

Five people have been detained by the police in the alleged gangrape of a 71-year-old nun in a school on Saturday. The incident triggered protests and blockades of roads and railway tracks in West Bengal.

The gang also decamped with Rs 12 lakh which was kept in a locker. According to authorities at a convent school in Ranaghat sub-division, the gang broke into the convent after 12:30 AM and three-four of them raped the woman after gagging her.