The loss of life of a teenage woman that triggered violence in components of north Bengal was attributable to 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 woman, 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 making an attempt to “make a problem out of a non-issue”.
A delegation of the BJP Bengal management, which included Union Minister Debasree Chaudhuri, met Union Residence 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 informed PTI from New Delhi.
The BJP Mahila Morcha organised a protest rally in Kolkata through the day over the loss of life of the teenage woman on Sunday, nevertheless it was stopped by the police on the outset.
“No indicators of exterior damage seen. Results of poison. Nonetheless, remaining 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 performed, police mentioned.
Alleging rape and homicide of the woman, a mob had gone on a rampage in North Dinajpur district on Sunday, setting fireplace to a number of police autos and authorities buses on the Nationwide Freeway 31 within the Chopra space close to Siliguri.
The woman, 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 approach.
Police additionally mentioned they’ve to date arrested 16 individuals for his or her alleged involvement within the Sunday violence.
The incident has prompted the most recent face-off between the TMC and the BJP, with the get together alleging that the woman was murdered as she was the sister of a BJP activist.
BJP state vice chairman Raju Banerjee mentioned, “Goons of TMC murdered the woman 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, nevertheless it was denied permission to take out a rally with the physique of the woman within the space.
BJP Nationwide Secretary Rahul Sinha termed the post-mortem report a “cover-up” train to “shield” the culprits.
The TMC termed the allegations baseless.
Senior TMC chief and minister Goutam Deb mentioned, “The BJP is making an attempt to fish within the troubled waters and is trying 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 world remained tense for the second consecutive day Monday, whilst an enormous police contingent has been deployed to take care of 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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