A pool car driver allegedly assaulted a student and pushed him off the vehicle in Gopalnagar, in south Calcutta, on Thursday afternoon.
Driver Ramprasad Halder, 32, who also owns the Tata Sumo, was arrested from his house in Tiljala’s Raicharan Ghosh Lane following a complaint lodged by the parents of Ritam Sen, a Class VI student of Patha Bhavan, with Alipore police station. Halder has been granted bail.
“My son and another boy were cracking jokes with each other while returning home from school in the car. The driver for some unexplained reason became angry with Ritam, hauled him from the middle seat to the front and started beating him up. The car was then approaching Gopalnagar from Kalighat bridge,” said Ritam’s father Indrajit.
“About 250 yards from our home, the driver pushed Ritam off the car.”
A neighbour spotted the boy crying by the roadside and escorted him home. “He had bruises on his neck, head and legs and ran a temperature throughout the night,” Sen said.
“He has been booked under sections related to assault, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation,” said an officer of Alipore police station. As all the sections are bailable, the court released him on bail hours after his arrest.
“I want exemplary punishment for the driver. No other child should be subjected to such inhuman behaviour,” said Ritam’s mother.
Indrajit said he had alerted the school authorities about the incident, though, he added, they were not responsible for what had happened.
Last month, two pool car drivers had been arrested in separate incidents for allegedly outraging the modesty of three students travelling in their vehicles.
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