Madarihat: Following a complaint, Madarihat police filed rape case against Pradeep Sutradhar, Trinamool vice Pradhan of Khairbari Gram panchayat who has been accused of raping a 15-year-old tribal maid for two years in a row and aborting her twice. The victim lodged a complaint against him at Madarihat police station on Thursday late night. Pradeep Sutradhar is a Trinamool Vice Pradhan of Khairbari Gram panchayat in Madarihat block under Alipurduar district of West Bengal.
The victim lodged a complaint at Madarihat police station saying that her parents went to Nepal for work. And left him at Pradeep Sutradhar’s house. Pradeep Sutradhar raped her for a long time and when she became pregnant, she took medicine and had an abortion. When her parents returned home from Nepal recently, she told her parents about all the incidents.
After the incident was reported, BJP state co-president Raju Banerjee, Alipurduar district president Ganga Prasad Sharma, Madarihat MLA Manoj Tigga, 18th constituency president Nepal Roy and others staged a protest at Madarihat police station on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, a press conference was held at Birpara Sarna ST Club on Friday afternoon on behalf of two tribal organizations, Terai Dooars Sarna Youth Committee and Jai Birsa Munda Ulgulan Committee, demanding an immediate arrest and exemplary punishment for the accused Vice Pradhan of Khairbari Gram panchayat, Pradip Sutradhar.
However, tribal groups made it clear that no political party sided with the girl’s family, despite the area being bustling for several days. Kishore Kujur, president and Tufan Oraon Secretary of Jai Birsa Munda Ulgulan Committee, said no political party stood by the girl. So we got on the road. We demand an immediate arrest and exemplary punishment for the accused Vice Pradhan of Khairbari Gram panchayat, Pradip Sutradhar.
Adding, We will not tolerate injustice against the tribal peoples, we will always support the victim’s family. A class of people had come out to cover up the whole incident. The girl’s family was under tremendous pressure, said Sushil Oraon, secretary of Terai Dooars Sarna Youth Committee.
Sitaram Kujur, president of the North Bengal Committee of the Rajipara Sarna Prarthana Sabha, said the accused Pradip Sutradhar had been torturing and abusing the tribal girl for a long time. The minor and her family were also kept in hiding. If the accused is not arrested immediately, the Adivasi society will be forced to start a mass movement.
Nepal Roy, president of BJP’s 18th constituency, said rape has increased in the Trinamool era. The Chief Minister failed to protect women. A deputy chief protested the disgusting incident.
Trinamool Alipurduar district president Mridul Goswami said the administration has been asked to take legal action. If the allegation are proved, there will be punishment.
Madarihat Police Station in charge TN Lama said a case has been registered under POCSO act. The accused has not been arrested yet and an investigation into the incident has been initiated.