Some of the arrested youths being taken to the Balurghat court on Friday. Picture by Mithun Roy
Balurghat, June 15: Ten youths were arrested from a village near here last night for allegedly trying to abduct a 17-year-old girl and beating up several local residents who foiled their attempt.
Two residents of Chakbakhar were injured in the incident and have been admitted to the district hospital.
Around 9pm, three youths came to Kartik Sarkar’s house in Chakbakhar, 15km from here, on a motorcycle. While two of them entered the house, the third one stood outside. The two youths allegedly tried to abduct Sarkar’s wife’s niece — a 17-year-old girl — who had been staying with them for the last one month.
When the girl raised an alarm, neighbour Rakhi Mahanta rushed in to rescue her. One of youths hit Rakhi with a bamboo pole. Alerted by her cries for help, around seven-eight neighbours got out of their homes.
Seeing the neighbours, the trio fled leaving their motorcycle behind.
But around 11pm, the youths came back, this time with around 25 men, armed with sharp weapons, sticks and rods.
“They vandalised our houses and thrashed us. They were all drunk and threatened us because we had resisted their attempt to kidnap the girl,” Rakhi Mahanta said from her bed at the district hospital.
Manoj Chakrabarty, the inspector-in-charge of Balurghat police station, said: “One of the youths, Khudu Mahanta from Hossenpur, had spoken to the girl twice. He thought the girl was in love with him. Yesterday, Khudu came to convince the girl to flee with him. When she refused, Khudu tried to abduct her.” He said Khudu was absconding.
“I came to know recently that Khudu had been disturbing the girl. When he came here last night, we were not at home,” Sarkar said.
His wife Sumitra has lodged a police complaint against Khudu and 15 others.
“The accused were produced in Balurghat court today and have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days,” said said Debashis Majumdar, the public prosecutor.