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Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday said it will hand over the investigation into the rape of a septuagenarian nun to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), yielding to demands from several quarters to involve the federal agency.

The Crime Investigation Department (CID), an arm of the state police, has been probing the 14 March incident at a convent in Ranaghat near Kolkata but has not booked anyone. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the state administration would co-operate with the CBI.

Firhad Hakim, urban development minister in West Bengal, said the decision to seek a CBI investigation stems from the view that the criminals may have fled the country. Ranaghat is close to the land border with Bangladesh. State agencies such as the CID have their limitations, Hakim added.

The rape and burglary at the Ranaghat convent have caused shock and outrage in India and abroad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already asked the state government to file a report on the incident, while the Vatican has condemned it.

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