Kamduni (Barasat): Ten days after the brutal rape and murder of a college student in Barasat, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited the victim's family and promised stringent action against the culprits.

"I was about to visit the family. What has happened is really sad and horrific. We promise stringent action against the culprits. We'll submit chargesheet within 15 days and on behalf of the government will plea for death penalty," Banerjee said.

"The culprits who have been arrested were under the support of local CPI(M) workers," she claimed. "I'll not spell out the details of what came up in the meeting with the victim's family. We'll open four more police stations in the area for better vigil," she said.

"We are the only government which has ensured death penalty within 27 days of an incident in Balurgahat. I have also asked the Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary to visit the area," she said.

The college student was raped and murdered in Kamuduni area of Barasat on June 8. The brutality of the incident has not only kicked off a series of protests throughout the state, but has also prompted the State Human Rights Commission to start a suo-motu enquiry.

(Agencies)

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