Barasat: A 24-year-old woman who works as an ayah was gang-raped by four youths in Habra's Maslandapur in North 24-Parganas in the early hours of Thursday.
On Thursday evening, two youths who are reportedly relatives of a Trinamool panchyat samiti member, were arrested as prime suspects. Police are looking for two others involved in the crime.
The accused, who were returning from a Kali Puja immersion, reportedly knocked on the door of the house she worked in to ask for drinking water. The woman looks after a septuagenarian whose grandson opened the door to the four accused. They assaulted him before dragging the survivor out to a secluded spot and raping her. The survivor mana-ged to return to the house in the morning.
The incident came to the light after the woman fell ill and was admitted to a hospital on Thursday afternoon.
The survivor is still undergoing treatment at Habra State General Hospital, where a police team led by Barasat ASP Abhijit Bandopadhay met her to record her statement.
The statement has been treated as an FIR against the accused. "On the basis of her statement, we have arrested two suspects. The duo will be produced in court on Friday. We are also looking for two others. The woman has undergone a medical examination," a senior district police official said.
According to police sources, the two arrested youths — Surajit and Raju Mallick — are nephews of a senior Trinamool panchayate samiti member of Habra panchyat samiti No. 1.
Police said, the woman works as a full-time ayah for a 74-year-old woman who is paralyzed. Besides the duo, the elderly woman's 19-year-old grandson also lives in the house.
"When the drunken youths were passing by the house, four of them repeatedly knocked on the door. We woke up, but initially didn't open the door. They kept asking for water because they were thirsty. As soon as I opened the door, they pounced on me and started beating me up. Then they started pulling her out. When I tried to put up a fight to save her, they punched and kicked me in the face and chest repeatedly and I almost lost consciousness," the boy recounted.