West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday rejected reports of
gangrape of a woman in Burdwan's Katwa and blamed the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) for orchestrating a malicious campaign against her
However, the CPI-M rubbished the allegations and said she had a habit of
making irresponsible comments.
"A complaint of rape has been filed. Nothing has been found in the medical
report. Where is the evidence? I do not think any incident of rape has
taken place. I hear a political party, of which the woman's husband is a
supporter, has planned to use its workers to cry rape," Banerjee said
addressing the media.
Banerjee on Monday had also asserted that the Katwa rape complaint was
false and blamed a section of media for circulating untrue news. The chief
minister's comments came hours after she denied having called the alleged
rape of an Anglo-Indian woman in the city earlier this month a "cooked up
A middle-aged woman Sunday filed a police complaint that she was raped by
a gang of robbers after she tried to confront them during a robbery
attempt in a suburban train near Katwa in Burdwan district.
Reacting to Banerjee's statement, leader of opposition and CPI-M
heavyweight Surjya Kanta Mishra said Banerjee has a habit of making
"She (Banerjee) says the rape is fake and CPI-M has spread rumors about it
because the victim's husband is our party worker. She seems to know
everything but what she doesn't know is that the husband died 11 years
ago," Mishra said.
"How much does she know about forensic or medical science that she
dismissed the claims of rape, saying there are no evidences? She has a
habit of making irresponsible comments," added Mishra.
Another CPI-M leader, Shyamal Chakrabarty said Banerjee blamed the party
at every given opportunity.