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CBI plans to conduct DNA tests in Hanskhali rape case

DNA samples of the main accused in the alleged minor gang-rape case in West Bengal‘s Hanskhali will be matched with those collected from his house, with the central probe team also collecting tissue remains from the makeshift village crematorium where the victim’s last rites were performed.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took up the case after directions from the Calcutta High Court, has already collected samples from the home of the main accused Braja Gopal Gayali, the son of a Panchayat-level leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

Samples collected from the cremation ground will be sent for DNA testing by the central agency, sources said. The minor girl’s body was hurriedly cremated before a police complaint could be filed. She died following the alleged gang-rape at a birthday party hosted by Gayali.

A CBI team also visited the home of another arrested accused, Prabhakar. A mobile phone was recovered from his house. Other samples were also collected from the accused’s house by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), sources said. The CBI officials reportedly found the dupatta of the girl and broken parts of a mobile phone behind the house of Gayali.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on Monday in the Calcutta High Court by a lawyer in connection with the alleged gangrape and hurried cremation of the minor girl. Following the hearing, the court ordered a CBI investigation into the Hanskhali case. The victim’s family claimed that the main accused, who has been arrested, had invited the girl to attend his birthday party, following which she was allegedly gang-raped.Meanwhile, a fact-finding team of BJP MPs and MLAs went to Hanskhali to meet the victim’s family. “The victim’s mother told us that their house was encircled by people after the minor girl, who was gang-raped and tortured, returned home that night,” said Sreerupa Mitra, a BJP MLA who visited the village. “The family was intimidated.”

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