Kolkata, Feb 21 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan has admitted that she was to get married to Kadir Khan, the prime accused in the Park Street rape case who is absconding now after a crackdown on the group that brutalized the woman on the night of Feb 5-6.
The meeting came under the shadow of a media backlash over the chief minister’s premature remark that the case was fabricated even as investigation led by Sen later revealed that the woman was indeed assaulted by a group who had impersonated as other people.
After the meeting Damayanti Sen briefed the media on the case and said though it was being projected in media that she did something exceptional, the Kolkata Police team had worked as a group into the case and there was no rift in the police hierarchy over the probe.
Kolkata Police Commissioner Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda was criticised in media after he had held a press conference to say that aspersions on the police and the government were being cast over the incident.
Sen from beginning had said that something had happened on the night of Feb 5-6 in Park Street with the woman, though the impersonation of the culprits had led to contradictions in the account of the episode.
The 37-year-old mother of two, belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, had said that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside a moving car after she was given a lift in the vehicle from Park Street on the Feb 5-6 night.
The woman and her relatives also had alleged that the police misbehaved with her and mocked her for going to a night club, a charge denied by the police who said it was “incorrect” to say there was police and government inaction.
Earlier on Thursday, the Chief Minister had dragged herself into the controversy when she said that the rape of the woman and alleged police insensitivity to the incident was a conspiracy fabricated to malign her government.
However, the police had made major breakthrough in the case as three of the four men involved in the raping and assault of the woman were remanded in police custody for a fortnight by a city court on Sunday.
The three identified as Naseer, Ruman Khan and Sumit Bajaj were sent to police custody till March 3 by the Bankshall Court while Kadir Khan, the person who had committed the rape impersonating as Sharafat Ali, remained absconding.
He reportedly fled from West Bengal to another state.
While the victim claimed that one of the four-five men had raped her at gunpoint while others had assisted the act.
The police made a breakthrough in the case after they tracked down the threatening telephone calls that were being made to the victim since the case came to light, Damayanti Sen said.
Sen also informed that the woman was indeed raped by one of the youths inside the car in the presence some others.
The assailants- Ruman Khan alias Tusi , Naseer, absconding Kadir and Sumit Bajaj had used false names when they met the 37-year-old woman at a night club on Park Street.
The breakthrough was also aided by security camera footage retrieved from CCTV cameras placed outside the Park Hotel which showed the victim getting inside the car with the four men, as was originally claimed by her.
The police has also said that it is possible that the men have criminal antecedents and added that they have reasons to believe that this is not the first time that the group has done such a thing.