The loss of life of a teenage lady that triggered violence in components of north Bengal was brought on by poisoning, and there have been no indicators of sexual or bodily assault, police mentioned on Monday, quoting her postmortem report.
The BJP, nevertheless, termed the post-mortem report of the 17-year-old lady, who was the sister of a BJP activist, a “cover-up” and reiterated its demand for an neutral probe into the incident. The ruling TMC accused the BJP of attempting to “make a problem out of a non-issue”.
A delegation of the BJP Bengal management, which included Union Minister Debasree Chaudhuri, met Union House Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and apprised him concerning the scenario.
“We met Amit Shah Ji and briefed him concerning the scenario in Chopra,” Mr Chaudhuri instructed PTI from New Delhi.
The BJP Mahila Morcha organised a protest rally in Kolkata throughout the day over the loss of life of the teenage lady on Sunday, but it surely was stopped by the police on the outset.
“No indicators of exterior damage seen. Results of poison. Nevertheless, last opinion reserved pending until receipt of chemical examiners report,” the postmortem report mentioned.
It additionally mentioned there have been neither damage marks anyplace on the physique nor indicators of sexual or bodily assault. The videography of the autopsy was finished, police mentioned.
Alleging rape and homicide of the lady, a mob had gone on a rampage in North Dinajpur district on Sunday, setting fireplace to a number of police automobiles and authorities buses on the Nationwide Freeway 31 within the Chopra space close to Siliguri.
The lady, who had gone out of her home at Sonapur village on Sunday morning to alleviate herself, was discovered useless a number of hours later. The villagers alleged that she was raped earlier than being murdered.
In the meantime, the useless physique of a youth was present in a pond in the identical Chopra space Monday morning. The police are investigating whether or not the 2 deaths are linked in any manner.
Police additionally mentioned they’ve up to now arrested 16 individuals for his or her alleged involvement within the Sunday violence.
The incident has brought on the newest face-off between the TMC and the BJP, with the social gathering alleging that the lady was murdered as she was the sister of a BJP activist.
BJP state vp Raju Banerjee mentioned, “Goons of TMC murdered the lady as she is the sister of a BJP activist. The police are attempting to cross off the rape and homicide as a suicide.”
He additionally mentioned a BJP delegation reached Chopra this morning, but it surely was denied permission to take out a rally with the physique of the lady within the space.
BJP Nationwide Secretary Rahul Sinha termed the post-mortem report a “cover-up” train to “defend” the culprits.
The TMC termed the allegations baseless.
Senior TMC chief and minister Goutam Deb mentioned, “The BJP is attempting to fish within the troubled waters and is making an attempt to make a problem out of a non-issue”.
“An incident has occurred; the police are investigating the case. However, the BJP would not have the persistence to attend for its conclusion. The BJP is disturbing the peace of the realm,” Mr Deb mentioned.
Members of the RSS-affiliated ABVP and Left-backed Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) additionally protested in Jalpaiguri district’s Dhupguri space over the incident, resulting in tensions.
The realm remained tense for the second consecutive day Monday, at the same time as an enormous police contingent has been deployed to keep up peace.
The BJP Mahila Morcha rally led by its state unit president Agnimitra Paul, which was to be held from Gariahat to Deshapriya Park in south Kolkata, was stopped by police on the outset.
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