Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal’s Nandigram was arrested on Monday after a woman in her mid-thirties accused him of raping her and alleged she was sexually assaulted as she refused to pay him a ‘bribe’
The incident took place on September 30 in Subdi village of Amdabad area in Nandigram, about 150 km from Kolkata, and the complaint was lodged on October 2.
“We arrested (Asit) Hazra on Monday night from a relative’s house,” said Alok Rajoria, superintendent of police of East Midnapore district.
The medical examination of the woman was conducted on October 3 that confirmed rape. The confidential statement of the mother of two children was also recorded in Haldia.
According to her complaint to the police, the 45-year-old leader took advantage of the fact that the area was deserted as the villagers had gone to attend the funeral of a neighbour.
She said Hazra grabbed her and dragged her to the first-floor room of a local club and raped her.
The complaint stated that Hazra was angry after she refused to pay him Rs 10,000 out of the Rs 40,000 loan that she got under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).