Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday denied reports that a woman was gangraped on Sunday on a train at Pachundi in the Katwa area of Burdwan district and said those trying to tarnish the image of the state would not be spared.

"A complaint of rape has been filed. Nothing has been found. Where is the evidence?  I do not think any incident of rape has taken place," Banerjee told a press conference.

The complainant had admitted that her husband was a CPI(M) supporter, Banerjee said.

"I hear a political party has planned to use its workers to cry rape. I do not understand where the culture of the party has gone."

The woman had complained that she was gangraped when she resisted dacoits looting passengers of a local train near Panchundi.

Stating that Delhi had witnessed six rapes and Noida one gangrape recently, she said, "Bengal is a civilized place. If someone wants to malign the image of the state by making false propaganda. Just as a murderer is punished the conspirator will also not be spared."

Stating that her government would not allow negligence by the police in attending to genuine complaints, she said, "But at the same time, the police have a responsibility to ascertain if a complaint is genuine."

Without referring to issues on which the strike was called, Banerjee said, "We did not allow entry of FDI in retail. Whatever commitments we made in our manifesto, we will stick to them. We are opposed to foreign capital in insurance and banking sector."

She said in some places incidents of damage to buses had been reported and threatened action against those involved in them.

Saying people in other parts of the country spoke derogative of the work culture prevailing in Bengal, she blamed the Left Front regime for the state-of-affairs and promised to restore it.

She claimed the "98 per cent turn-out of employees in the state secretariat" was a pointer of things to emerge in future.

"I am proud of my employees. It was not the employees who are to blame for the lack of culture fostered during the previous regime; it is the leaders (of the Left) who are responsible for this."

She asserted law would take its own course if there was 'Goondaism' to create problems for people in the name of bandhs and claimed without elaboration that the police had acted in places where there were attacks with guns and attempts of arson.

She alleged that there was a "unique combination" of CPI(M), BJP and RSP joining hands in creating problems in one or two places.

Asked what steps would be taken against those who did not report for duty on Tuesday, she said absenteeism had been reported in two departments and that she would see "what is to be done and all options are open".

(Agencies)