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CID Appealed For Obtaining Finger Prints Of Arrested Accused Persons In Ranaghat Convent Case

2015-04-10 16:29

Prime suspect Gopal Sarkar being taken out of the court in Ranaghat. Picture by ABHI GHOSH


Ranaghat, April 10: The CID team probing the Ranaghat convent rape and robbery case appeared to be not sure enough about the presence of accused Mohammed Salim Sheikh and Gopal Sarkar at the spot of the crime on March 14 night.

To confirm their involvement to the crime, the CID on Friday appealed before the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Ranaghat for obtaining their ‘finger prints’ so that it can be corroborated with the ‘finger prints’ of the miscreants found at the spot of the crime.

ACJM Ranaghat Papiya Das granted the permission. The finger prints of the two accused will be obtained soon in presence of a magistrate.

The court also granted an appeal of the CID for recording judicial statement Gopal Sarkar under section 164 of Cr PC. The ACJM has directed a judicial magistrate of Ranaghat railways court to record the statement.

Accused Gopal Sarkar, a resident of Goalbati under Habra police station in North 24 Parganas was arrested on March 26. He was produced before the ACJM Ranaghat on March 27 and charged under 395, 397, 376 and 120B of the Indian penal code. The court ordered 14-days police custody on that day.

Sarkar was produced on Friday on expiry of the police custody, when the court ordered 13 days judicial custody for him, rejecting the bail petition submitted by two lawyers - Karuna Ketan Sarkar and Pranoy Ghosh, who appeared in his defence.

Speaking to newsmen lawyer Pranay Ghosh said: “Police has accused Gopal of conspiracy and harboring crime. But, it has so far failed to produce any evidence in support of its claim. It appeared that the investigating officers are not conclusively sure about his involvement and tried to implicate him. The demand for obtaining the finger prints is a clear indication that police is still dark about the real miscreants”.

APP Pradip Pramanik said: “The investigating team has found around ten different finger prints from the spot of the crime. So today we appealed for for obtaining the finger prints of Mohammed Salim Sheikh and Gopal Sarkar, which will be sent to the finger print experts to examine whether the available impressions found at the spot match with their finger prints. This would conclusively help the investigating team ensure involvement of the accused to the crime.”

Earlier in the day the prosecution was adjourned for about two hours soon after accused Gopal Sarkar was produced.

Gopal’s lawyers alleged before the court that the ‘investigating agency’ deliberately robbing liberty of the accused by not allowing him to talk to them.

Lawyer Pranoy Ghosh said: “As per law, the police or the investigating agency should first hand over the accused to the police officer in charge of the lock up, so that he can talk to his lawyers and also take instruction. The accused can only be produced before the judge only after he is summoned. But, police directly produced the accused before the court, which is denial of his right of liberty”.

The ACJM Papiya Das granted the petition and allowed the lawyers to talk to accused Gopal Sarkar.

“It was an unintended mistake. The ACJM given the defence counsels around two hours to talk to the accused. The proceedings resumed at about 4.10 Pm. There was no effort to influence the accused by the CID. The accused brought from Calcutta by road, the jam on the road delayed his arrival so he was directly put before the court”, APP Pranab Pramanik said.

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