Howrah: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has said he will write to his Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, requesting her to ensure security of the Madhyamgram gang-rape victim’s family while they are in Kolkata, said the girl’s father on his arrival at Howrah station on Tuesday.
The family now plans to relocate to their native place Samastipur after Nitish offered the victim’s father a government job there. The girl’s father said the Bihar government would pay for their travel to Bengal where they will be continuing their fight for justice. These are the assurances the Bihar CM gave them during their meeting with him on Monday.
“The CM heard us very sympathetically as we narrated the entire sequence of events that led to my daughter’s death and the conduct of police both before and after that. He also expressed sorrow and said the Bihar government is with us in our legal battle for justice and will fund our travel to Bengal whenever we need to come here for the purpose,” said the victim’s father.
He said he has also told Nitish that his life and that of his family members are in danger in Bengal and that they have no confidence in the police here. Moreover, he no longer feels safe about pursuing his profession of driving a taxi in the city, something he has done for 26 years. “The CM assured us that he would be writing to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee about the tragedy and the conduct of police in this state,” said the father.
On the job offered to him by the Bihar CM, the girl’s father said he would be leaving for Bihar to take it up once he received the official appointment letter and would remain here till then. “But I will continue the fight for justice for my daughter and will not rest till the accused are hanged,” he said reiterating his demand for a CBI probe. The next hearing on his petition for a CBI inquiry into his daughter’s death after being raped twice will come up in Calcutta high court on Thursday.