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Jan 24, 2014 at 12:04am IST

WB: Birbhum SP removed, 13 arrested after tribal girl's gangrape

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the removal of Birbhum SP C Sudhakar following the gangrape of a tribal girl in the district.

A 20-year-old woman was gangraped in Birbhum district allegedly on the orders of a panchayat. The police are suspecting that 13 people were involved in raping the young woman.

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She was subjected to the torture for allegedly falling in love with a man outside her community. On failing to pay a fine, she was gang raped on the panchayat's orders.

The police have arrested 13 people including head of the Panchayat.

West Bengal Minister for Women and Child Shashi Panja said that arrests have been made and all help will be given to the woman. "I have spoken to the Superintendent of Police and arrests have been made. All the 13 including the village head have been arrested," Panja said adding that all medical tests have been conducted.

The minister said if the woman wishes to go back to her home security will be looked after. Panja also said that if she does not want to go, then adequate arrangements have have been done for her.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien had earlier tweeted that swiftest and strictest action will be taken in the case and assured that the accused will not be spared.

Birbhum, where the incident took place, is the home district of President Pranab Mukherjee.

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