BURDWAN: Katwa fast-track court judge Kazi Abul Hassem on Friday acquitted all five accused in the Katwa train robbery and gang rape case in 2012 due to lack of evidence.

On February 25, 2012, a thirty-year-old widow was allegedly gang-raped on the Ahmedpur-Katwa narrow gauge local. The goons had looted the other passengers.

Both Katwa GRP and Ketugram police had started investigations separately. Later, the case was transferred to Ketugram police station.

The then DG (railways), Dilip Moitra, and IGP (western zone), Gangeswar Singh, had also visited the spot. But, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had on February 26, 2012 said the woman was not gang-raped.

Police had arrested seven of the eight accused. Three of them were released on bail later. Two others who were out on bail – Farid Seikh and Kalam Seikh – were killed in a road accident. Three of the accused are still in jail.

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Source: TOI-Kol