A young woman was allegedly molested by a cyclist on the EM Bypass near the Prince Anwar Shah connector on Sunday night while she was on her way home from work.
The victim, a resident of Kalikapur off the Bypass, had got down from an autorickshaw and was walking when the cyclist, Biswajit Mandal, 25, allegedly molested her.
Mandal, also a resident of Kalikapur, was arrested from the spot by two policemen patrolling the area on a bike. His companion, who was riding pillion, was not arrested as the woman mentioned only Mandal in her complaint.
“My office is near Minto Park. I took an auto-rickshaw from near Jadavpur police station and reached Purbachal. From there my house is a five-minute walk. I wanted to buy some snacks but no shop was open because of rain,” the woman in her mid-20s told Metro. “It was drizzling and the road was almost deserted.”
According to officers of Garfa police station, the incident took place around 9.50pm just as she was about to enter Kalikapur Road.
“Initially, I was shocked. But then I realised what could happen if I stood there. So I started running, shouting for help. The cyclist with a pillion-rider came after me,” she said.
As she was running, the woman heard two men shouting at the cyclist, asking him to stop. “I turned to see two men on a motorbike. The cyclist overtook me and sped up, trying to flee. Then I realised two policemen on a motorcycle were after him,” she said.
The bicycle skidded on the slippery road and the youths fell down.
“We saw the woman running and two youths on a bicycle chasing her and immediately knew they were trying to harass her,” said one of the officers. “When we asked the duo to stop, they realised the police were after them and tried to flee.”
The accused was charged with assaulting or using criminal force against a woman with intent to disrobe, which is a non-bailable section mentioned in the IPC.
The spot where the girl was molested is barely 500 metres from the EM Bypass-Prince Anwar Shah Road connector.
“I never imagined such a thing would happen to me. I am lucky that the two policemen were patrolling the stretch. Had the cops not been there, I don’t know what would have happened to me,” the victim said.
Held for snatching
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