Two men allegedly molested a 23-year-old nurse on Tuesday evening at Baruipur on the southern fringe of the city.
The accused have been identified as Bubai Shaikh and Battu Gazi — both in their early-20s.
According to police, they are on the run and efforts are on to catch them.
The woman has alleged that the two men approached her near a culvert while she was on the way to Padmapukur in Baruipur to see off three friends who had come to her home at Purandarpu, about 30km from Calcutta.
One of them allegedly put his hand behind her waist and pulled her close to him. He even tried to kiss her.
Before she could react, the other man followed suit.
The incident occurred in front of her friends and some youths sitting on the culvert.
The duo fled when the woman started shouting while those chatting on the culvert also left in a hurry. The accused were allegedly among those sitting on the culvert.
The woman returned home and told her parents about the incident.
Later she went to Baruipur police station with her parents and lodged a complaint.
A neighbour said the woman works at a nursing home in Baruipur.
“After her Higher Secondary, she did the nurse’s training and found a job. She has to look after the family as her father has no regular income,” she said.
When police visited the spot, residents demanded that the culprits be immediately arrested. “We have talked to the residents. The culprits are residents of the locality. We have their names,” the investigating officer said.