TNN Mar 12, 2013, 04.49 AM IST
KOLKATA: A 15-year-old girl was dragged into a construction site when she was returning from aShivaratri puja and raped by five local men, barely 100 meters from where she lives, in Mukundapur early on Monday morning. Locals alleged that police refused to accept an FIR until former minister Kanti Ganguly intervened.
The girl was accompanied by a friend who managed to escape. Police said the five men - aged between 18 and 20 - had rape in mind and were waiting for a victim when the two girls happened to pass by.
Two suspects - Surajit Das and Sujay Dakua - residents of Shahid Smriti Colony, were arrested and produced at Alipore court. Three other accused have gone underground.
A medical examination was conducted on the girl at MR Bangur Hospital.
On Sunday, the girl had gone to visit her friend in the area and decided to stay back because of Shivaratri. Late in the evening, she went out with her friend to offer puja and then decided to take a dip in the local pond. On their way back, the girls were chased by a group of men. While the victim's friend managed to give the gang a slip, the victim was dragged into a two-storey building that was under construction and raped.
Though there were some masons sleeping in the building, they could hear nothing because of the blaring music from a local club nearby.
When the girl's friend and the neighbours rushed to the building, they saw the victim staggering out. "I was offering prayers at the local temple when a few children said that a girl had been assaulted by some men. It was well past 3am. She was barely able to walk and kept collapsing to the ground. We sprinkled water on her and kept asking her what had happened. After about half an hour, she incoherently narrated her ordeal. It seemed that she was raped by the men inside the building," said a neighbour, Tulu Das.
The victim's friend's mother said she had no inkling of the assault till Monday morning. "I saw them return home early this morning. They seemed very tired and went off to sleep," she said.
The two youths who were arrested were slapped with charges under sections 376 and 376 D, section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act and section 4 of the Protection Act.
Joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said the police were looking for the other miscreants.