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Molest slur on constable

Guwahati, July 26: Police resorted to a mild baton charge and fired rubber bullets today after a mob assaulted a constable at Gasbari in Kamrup district, about 35km from here, accusing him of molesting a minor girl.

The trouble started this morning when a group of angry residents, including several women, stormed into Gasbari police barracks and started beating up constable Kamal Nath, accusing him of molesting a 10-year-old early this morning.

When the police took the accused into custody, the mob demanded that he be handed over to them so that he could be “appropriately punished”.

The residents alleged that the accused had lured the girl to a secluded spot on an embankment and molested her. They claimed the girl somehow managed to escape and informed her family about the incident.

When the accused was being shifted to Baihata Chariali police station, the mob tried to obstruct the van and hurled stones. “This forced the police to resort to a mild baton charge and fire rubber bullets to disperse the mob,” Kamrup deputy commissioner J. Balaji told The Telegraph. “There were, however, no reports of any injury in the police action.”

Senior police and civil officers rushed to the spot with security reinforcements. “The situation is under control now,” the deputy commissioner said.

Stating that the accused constable had been arrested and would also be placed under suspension, Balaji said he had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. “The inquiry, which will be conducted by a woman magistrate, will be complete in a week. Based on the inquiry report, all necessary action will be taken in accordance with the law,” he said.

On the claims made by some people that the child had been raped, he said a medical examination of the victim would be conducted to confirm this.