Kolkata, March 16: In a disturbing incident in a convent school in Ranaghat, a group of intruders first looted the school and then asked for the senior-most nun and gangraped her. Investigators on Sunday said that there could be a revenge motive as the nuns were threatened a few days ago.
"Who is the senior-most here?" one of the key witnesses was reported as saying. "After looting the money they forced a guard to call the sisters. As soon as a nun opened the door, they stormed in and demanded for the senior-most sister. As the principal and other sisters pointed to the oldest nun ... she was taken to another room and raped," the witness further added.
One of the police officers said,""We have come to know that the sisters were threatened some days ago and they had informed about it to police. At the same time, we were yet to understand why the culprits vandalised the institution apart from looting cash and raping an elderly nun."
Police were now looking for a school guard who was recently sacked while eight men have been detained and questioned. No arrests were made so far, though still images have been circulated to the media and police stations have been alerted across the state and a Rs 1 lakh reward has been announced.
While political parties and religious groups have condemned the act, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi has appealed to the people to help police identify these men. The Missionaries of Charity have expressed shock over the incident.