Protesters demonstrate in front of SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha’s office on Saturday. (Bhola Prasad)
Jamshedpur, Jan. 5: A group of five women from Bagbera’s Harharguttu locality today staged a dharna in front of senior superintendent of police (SSP) Akhilesh Kumar Jha’s office to protest “police inaction” in arresting one Poresh Behra who, along with his brothers, allegedly molested them a couple of days ago.
The women, who belonged to the same family and were joined by JD(U)’s women’s wing leader Anjali Singh and her followers, shouted slogans against the police department and stayed put at the spot for around an hour.
They later went up and submitted a petition to the SSP’s office demanding arrest of all the accused named in an FIR by Monday. JD (U) leader Singh threatened to step up the protests and gherao the SSP’s office again if the police failed to act.
According to the protesters, 49-year-old Behra was their neighbour and ran an illegal liquor business. He had “falsely” implicated all the male members of their house in an attempt to murder case and got them arrested on January 2.
Once the police took away the six male members, Behra and his brothers allegedly barged into the house and abused and molested the women.
They also threatened them with dire consequences if they reported the incident to the police.
“It was only after we started shouting that the men fled the spot,” one of the protesting women said.
She claimed that though they went and lodged an FIR with the police the very next day, nothing was done and Behra and his brothers continued to roam about scot-free in the locality.
“Behra has an illegal distillery in Harharguttu and shares a good ‘rapport’ with Bagbera police. He was apparently injured on December 13 after which he went and filed an FIR charging Durga Mukhi, Shiv Charan Mukhi and Kali Mukhi with assault. The police instead of arresting the trio, took all the male members of the family into custody,” Singh said.
SSP Jha said he had directed deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhaya to look into the matter urgently.
“We are probing the case. The accused will be arrested soon,” Upadhaya said.