Actors, directors and film technicians on Friday wrote a letter of protest to chief minister Mamata Banerjee after a colleague was allegedly assaulted by police on Thursday.
Moloy Roy, a director of TV soaps and a resident of the Kalighat area, had gone to Kalighat police station on Thursday with his sister to help their domestic aide lodge a complaint against a man who had allegedly raped her seven-year-old daughter.
Moloy was allegedly assaulted by the police and threatened that he would be put behind bars when he expressed concern over the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the area.
Vishal Garg, deputy commissioner of police, south division, said an inquiry had been initiated on the basis of Moloy’s complaint. “It is too early to comment on whether any officer of Kalighat police station misbehaved with the complainant,” Garg said.
Film-maker Sandip Ray, actors Rituparna Sengupta, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Badshah Moitra and Ranjit Mallick are among the 300 signatories to the letter, copies of which have been sent to minister Arup Biswas, the state human rights commission and the Tele Cine Workers Federation.
“There is nothing political about it (the letter). Everyone spontaneously signed the letter as a mark of protest and concern for their fellow worker. If the police misbehave with someone helping a fellow citizen, nobody will ever come forward to help others in future,” said film-maker Sudeshna Roy. “When we went to the police station today, the additional OC behaved very well with us,” she added.
A man has been arrested for the alleged rape and the child has been put in the state child welfare committee’s custody.