Patna: Members of the All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) who conducted a probe of their own in the gang-rape and subsequent murder of the 16-year old girl in West Bengal, at a press meet in Patna on Monday, demanded strict action against the six accused and an apology from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for trying to use the tragedy to gain political advantage.

The AIPWA team that conducted its own fact-finding in Kolkata included AIPWA national general secretary Meena Tiwari, national secretaries Divya Gautam and Kavitha Krishnan, and West Bengal AIPWA secretaries Chaitali Sen and Chandra Smita.

"The supporters of Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal are trying to create an atmosphere of fear among possible witnesses to save the face of the government. They are also trying to intimidate the victim's family members so they leave West Bengal and return to their native state of Bihar. This is shameful and the West Bengal Chief Minister must step in and stop her supporters from threatening the victim's family," said Tiwari.

Demanding actions against West Bengal police for botching the case after the girl filed an FIR, Tiwari said that the AIPWA would hold a rally in Patna on January 31 to build pressure on Banerjee to take actions against the erring officials and to demand severe penalties for the rapists of the victim.