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Barasat molester duo elude police

Two of the four youths accused of molesting a teenager in Barasat were on the run even 48 hours after the incident. A team from Barasat police station raided several places but failed to track down the duo.

“Four youths were involved in the incident. We have arrested two — Ramesh Das and Subhankar Das. A search is on for the others,” said Paresh Roy, the officer-in-charge of Barasat police station.

The 17-year-old girl was chased and molested near Barasat station around 9pm on Friday while she was returning home to Banamalipur from private tuition. Her father, an employee of North 24-Parganas zilla parishad, was beaten up when he protested.

The molestation occurred at the spot where teenager Rajib Das had been stabbed to death in February last year while trying to resist a gang that was molesting his sister and sprinkling alcohol on her.

The excise department on Sunday seized 2,000 bottles of spurious liquor from makeshift shops around Barasat station following allegations from residents that the area becomes unsafe for women in the evening when illicit drinking dens spring up.

“We had information that some local people sold spurious liquor near Barasat court every evening. Three men have been arrested and a unit in Gobardanga that manufactured spurious liquor has been raided,” said an excise department official.

“Those who turn up at the liquor dens often create nuisance in the area. A number of them were also involved in the molestation cases reported from the area,” said a district police officer.

Local Trinamul Congress MLA Chiranjeet visited the Banamalipur house of the teenager on Saturday to “encourage her” but his comment blaming the “skirt size” of women for the spurt in molestation has triggered a controversy.

The actor-legislator issued a statement on Sunday, saying: “Whatever I have said is my idea, my thoughts, but the media only chose portions of what I have said and highlighted that. My basic motive was different.” He said he had gone to the victim’s house to “encourage her” and “assure her that whatever happened will never happen again”.