Protesters block highway, torch vehicles in Bengal's North Dinajpur over rape, murder of teenage girl

The girl was allegedly abducted after she went out to answer nature's call on Sunday morning and was found dead hours later.

Press Trust of India July 19, 2020 21:37:45 IST
Protesters block highway, torch vehicles in Bengal's North Dinajpur over rape, murder of teenage girl

Raiganj: The suspected rape and subsequent murder of a teenaged girl in North Dinajpur district on Sunday triggered protests in the area with a mob blockading National Highway 31 and setting ablaze government buses and police vehicles, demanding arrest of the culprits, police officers said.

The girl was allegedly abducted after she went out of her house at Sonapur village near Siliguri on Sunday morning to answer nature's call. She was found dead after a few hours, and the villagers alleged that she was raped before being murdered.

As police personnel were trying to lift the blockade, the mob set three North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) buses on fire and also set ablaze three police vans, the officers said.

Police reinforcements, including Rapid Action Force, were brought in to lift the blockade and remove the protesters, the officers said.

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