BONGAON: A BSF sub-inspector was arrested on Thursday for allegedly raping a 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman on the pretext of interrogation inside a camp at Gaighata in North 24 Parganas.
The accused, Rameswar Kayal, has been remanded in police custody for two days after being produced in a Bongaon court on Thursday.
According to police sources, two women — the victim and her friend — residents of Gopalganj in Bangladesh, were trying to cross over the Jhaudandanga border near Gaighata to enter Bangladesh illegally when BSF jawans from 158 Battalion detained them on Wednesday afternoon.
In the complaint lodged by the victim at Gaighata police station, the BSF jawans took them to Kharer Math BSF camp, where Kayal started interrogating them. Later, he allegedly raped her in the camp when nobody else was around, she claimed.
“My friend and I are associated with the sari business in Gujarat. We were trying to sneak into Bangladesh with the help of an unauthorized agent, who took Rs 30,000 from us. But we were caught by the jawans. Later in the night, when I was being interrogated alone, I was raped,” she said.
After being released from the BSF camp, the woman went to the Gaighata police station and lodged a complaint. Police later arrested the accused.
“Kayal has been booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and remanded in police custody. The woman’s confidential statement has been recorded by the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC,” said Samir Das, the chief public prosecutor of Bongaon ACJM court.
A senior district police officer said that the victim has been sent to Bongaon Subdivisional Hospital for a medical test. Police later also arrested the two women, including the victim, for trying to sneak into Bangladesh illegally.