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‘BJP forced me’: Sandeshkhali woman revokes rape case against TMC men

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Women protesting land grab, sexual assault in Sandeshkhali [Representational Image/ ANI]

Sandeshkhali: One of the three women from Sandeshkhali, whose allegations of rape against Trinamool Congress (TMC) functionaries had sparked tensions in the rural block of Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, reversed her stance on Wednesday, stating she had not experienced such an assault.

She further claimed that local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members coerced her into signing a blank sheet of paper and approaching the police, Times of India reported.

Seeking protection from threats and social exclusion following her decision to retract the alleged false accusation of rape, the woman lodged a fresh complaint at the Sandeshkhali police station.

She recounted how she was misled by a local BJP Mahila Morcha functionary and other party members, who initially sought her signature under the guise of enrolling her for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

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