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Cop report sought on molestation

The state human rights commission on Friday sought a report from city police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda on a university student’s alleged molestation aboard a moving bus near Sealdah.

In a suo motu order, the commission asked the top cop to submit a report within two weeks stating details of the incident. Police claimed they had not been able to contact the victim till Friday evening.

The student at Rajabazar Science College was allegedly molested by a group of eight-nine intoxicated youths.

According to a complaint lodged by Amit Roy, the secretary of Rajabazar Science College, the girl had boarded a Sealdah-bound bus at Esplanade.

“The other passengers got off near Sealdah station. The girl too was about to alight when the youths started speaking to her in obscene language. One of the youths pulled the girl’s sweater as she was getting off the moving bus,” said an officer of Amherst Street police station, quoting the complaint.

The rights panel chairman, Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly, said: “We will decide on our course of action after receiving the police commissioner’s report.”

“We have not been given the number of the bus route and details of the youths. We can get these only by talking to the victim,” said a senior police officer.

A team from Amherst Street police station on Friday questioned staff members who had seen the victim enter the campus after the harrowing experience.

“According to the guards, the victim attended her classes after she came to college. But since we do not know which department she belongs to, we cannot verify her claims,” added the officer.