July 11: Police today arrested a youth who was allegedly involved in the assault on a teenaged girl at Christian Basti on Monday night.
Apurba Jiban Baruah, SSP (city), said the police have identified four persons who had assaulted the girl and one of them has been arrested.
Baruah said the accused have been identified with the help of CCTV (closed-circuit television camera) footage.
The arrested man has been identified as Dhananjay Basfor, 26, who is a resident of Indrapur Harijan Colony near Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
“Basfor, who is a grade IV employee of the GMCH auditorium, will be produced in court tomorrow,” a source in Bhangagarh police station said.
A case (number 191/12) has been registered under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 143 (unlawful assembly), 294 (obscene acts), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty) IPC, at Bhangagarh police station, based on a written complaint lodged by the mother of the girl.
The other three absconding accused, who have been identified, are Amarjyoti Kalita, a contractual employee of Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Amtron), Dipak Dey and Sikandar Basfor.
Both Dipak and Sikandar are neighbours of Dhanraj Basfor.
The police have also seized a motorcycle belonging to Sikandar.
The source said Kalita is a resident of Madhabpur under Geetanagar police station. Amtron has already placed him under suspension after TV footage showed him assaulting the girl.
“Non-bailable arrest warrants will be issued against the three absconding persons,” the source said.
He added that a manhunt has been launched to track down the three and claimed they will also be arrested very soon. “Efforts are on to identify others who were involved in the attack on the girl,” the source said.
The girl was beaten up and groped by a mob on the busy GS Road at Christian Basti area after she had come out of a bar. The girl was assaulted after she had an altercation with a youth who had passed some obscene remarks on her.
The girl was assaulted for nearly an hour before the police rescued her.
Some of the accused even tried to tear off her clothes.
The incident has evoked widespread condemnation from various quarters.
In a separate incident, the police picked up two girls from the inter-state bus terminus at Betkuchi for allegedly creating nuisance under the influence of alcohol last night. They were released this morning.
Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri today directed the excise officials to strictly ensure drinks are not served to underage drinkers and the bars close by 10pm.
Agnihotri warned stern action would be taken against the violators, including cancellation of their licences.