June 17, 2013
State will seek death sentence for Kamduni offenders: Chief Minister
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee, after meeting the grieving family of the deceased girl at Kamduni said, “I had met this poor family at Writers` Building some days back where the brothers of the deceased girl had requested me to visit their house. Previously too, I have visited and stood by the families whose members fall prey to such mishaps. It took me some time before I could visit this family as I had to reschedule many appointments and meetings. Moreover, I personally wanted to inspect the conditions prevailing in the locality, the Derozio College and the village. “
She added, “Like all of you, I also hold a unanimous stance on such incidents and do not support it. I will make sure that the culprits get punished within a month time. Chargesheets will be filed within 15 days from the day of the incident. State Govt. will appeal to the fast track court for both life sentence and death sentence for the culprits. Since our Govt. has come to power people have got the chance and courage to lodge complaints and FIRs in such incidents; this was not the case during the previous regime. People are more aware and I encourage their bravery and thank them. “
“Recently there have been other such incidents in the State and as a result of good governance the authorities have taken speedy action. In all the cases the culprits have been identifies and chargesheeted. In one case at Balurghat we have given chargesheet and ensured life sentence to the offender within 27 days of the incident. I have also asked the home secretary and the chief secretary to visit the area“, said Ms. Banerjee.
She said, “The basic problem in these areas is that these are isolated, there is lack of planning, no communication, lack of police stations and securities; and these problems have their roots in the Left regime. Had they utilized the 34 years constructively, these villages would have been developed by now. “
“We have already created 5 new Police Commissionerates in the State out of which 2 are in North 24 Parganas. In Barasat we are planning to introducing 4 new police stations. Officials will inspect the region soon. We have also requested the BSF to increase patrolling in the border area to control crime. The Center has discontinued fast track courts in the State; but our Govt. has introduced approximately 80-88 fast track courts. Out of these, 45 special courts have been set up exclusively to address the issues of women and to ensure speedy judgments. Government has introduced 19 Human Rights Commissions that are functional in the 19 districts of the State. More women police are being appointed“, added the CM.
“Here is my clear warning to people who commit such crimes, these people are the enemies of a society. I request everyone to rise above petty political and unite to eradicate this ailment that is prevailing in the society. We have to be united and aware. People who commit such atrocious crimes will never be spared and State will always plea for their death sentence. “
“Mothers and sisters are the pride of our society. It is our duty and responsibility as an efficient govt. and to protect their interests and safety and we will always strive to do so“, she reiterated.