The chief minister claimed that the protest was a conspiracy hatched by the CPI-M and the BJP to prevent the police from taking action against the real culprits.
Banerjee, who had gone to Ranaghat in Nadia district today to meet the victim at the hospital and also the officials of the Church and the school, where the incident took place on Saturday, faced angry protestors, comprising students and local people, who surrounded her convoy.
The protestors squatted on the National highway 34 demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
As the prostestors refused to let Banerjee's convoy pass through the NH 34, an angry Banerjee who sat in the car came out and said, "The unfortunate incident is being given a political colour. This is a conspiracy and a handiwork of the CPI-M and BJP combine to stop the administration from arresting the real culprits.
"In the name of rally and protest, some political people made inroads here. They don't want real culprits to be arrested. Missionaries are for peace. Don't malign the movement of the missionaries," she said.
"I am waiting here, let me see what guts CPI(M) and BJP have, I challenge them. Let them touch me. Let me see how long they can stop me by gheraoing my convoy. I am not afraid of them. I challenge the CPI(M) and BJP. I have come up through mass movements. Let them come if they want to kill me. I always want the rapists to be hanged. Those who are culprits have committed a wrong and we will take strongest action against them," she said.
Senior police officials, including DGP G M P Reddy, and district police officials were caught completely off guard as hundreds of students and locals gheraoed the convoy accusing the police of inaction and demanding immediate arrest.
The students carried placards which said, "We want justice" and "hang the rapists". They kept on shouting as police officials and senior officials of administration were busy pacifying the angry prostestors.
Officials were seen pleading before the protestors with folded hands, however, the protestors denied to lend a ear to the pleas.

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