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Theories are building pressure on CID in nun gangrape case

Two men have been arrested in the case of an elderly nun who was raped earlier this month in Bengal, triggering angry protests across the country. The West Bengal Police has arrested another person in connection with the Nadia nun rape case. The first accused Salim was arrested by the police in Mumbai. The second person who is arrested is reported to have given shelter to one of the accused in his home. However, he was not directly involved in the crime. Probably, he was not even aware that he is a culprit. The 72-year-old (but as per medical reports 61years) nun was raped by one and looted by gang of seven dacoits inside a Convent in Gangapur village of Nadia district in West Bengal on March 14, 2015. Reportedly, the victim along with another nun tried to hinder 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 fled with Rs. 10 to 12 lakh in cash. However, it is not clear how much amount was there as police said Rs. 2 lakhs whereas media had earlier reported Rs. 27 lakhs.

The first suspect, identified as Sikander Sheikh alias Salim, was picked up in south Mumbai on Wednesday night and has been flown to Kolkata. Another man was arrested on Thursday near Kolkata for allegedly harbouring the gang that attacked the nun at her convent. The point to be noted here is that, police is yet not sure whether Salim is the actual culprit or not. However, they arrested him because his face closely resembles one of the photos captured on the CCTV. But if you read reports then media has already declared him guilty and punished him as well. Another accused who was arrested is Gopal Sarkar, a resident of Habra in North 24 Parganas, a town close to West Bengal- Bangladesh border. He allegedly gave shelter to the gang. CID claims that Salim told investigators that he was present at the Convent during the act of the gangrape which occurred on the night of March 13-14. They, however, refused to clarify Salim’s exact role in the crime. He had also described him as a Bangladeshi migrant, who settled in Mumbai.

Police identified four of the six robbers through CCTV footage and had detained eight people for questioning. Modi has promised a crackdown on religious violence and has said he was deeply concerned about the attack on the nun. Police have launched a gang-rape inquiry, although officers say only one person sexually assaulted the nun. More than 12 days after an elderly nun was allegedly brutalized at a convent school in Ranaghat, police investigating the case arrested two Bangladeshi immigrants even earlier.

It seems that robbery was pre-planned by some organization in Nadia, which required funds for illegal activities. This Organization in Nadia must be well aware of the church’s fiscal assets and its geography. It was also aware about the nun, who held the keys of the store room. Late night attack must have been well planned.

Anyway, whosoever has committed the crime should be booked. Leftists, pseudo-secular parties of India and TMC are blaming RSS and VHP for the rape. They spread lies. Anyway, no riots like situation are prevalent there. If riots erupt due to these types of lies then TMC should be blamed for innocents’ murder. Now, it is clear that who is behind destroying the harmony of India.

CID is still digging around for the “conspiracy” angle in nun-rape case, saying that a SIM card found in the convent supports the theory that outsiders carried out the horrifying crime. The state agency believes a mix of criminals from Bangladesh, Bihar and North 24-Parganas was involved and officers are probing if the gang was hired by someone with an ulterior motive. The mysterious SIM card, which was used to make calls to a neighbouring state and a country, is registered with a fake address.

The nuns’ statements to police and the questioning of the guard at the CID HQ in Kolkata have yielded crucial leads on the languages/dialects the robbers spoke. Some investigators feel that the gang members split themselves in three groups so that each may be led by a different criminal. From the guard and some of the people detained so far have told CID, most of the gang members were Bangladeshis. This could hint at a bigger motive, claim investigators. Given the several stray incidents that took place inside the convent before the rape and robbery, investigators are trying to establish if someone had hired the criminals. Several theories are going around which is building pressure on agencies. I hope the truth will prevail.

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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