A Calcutta police constable was arrested on Thursday for allegedly molesting a female colleague on duty during Durga Puja.
Sheikh Nurul Alam, 38, a constable at Karaya police station, was on reserve duty at the office of the deputy commissioner, southeast division, at the Park Circus crossing on Saptami night when he allegedly followed the woman into a ladies’ washroom, latched it from inside and molested her.
The victim, a new recruit in the city police, screamed for help. She was rescued and the accused constable handed over to Beniapukur police. He was arrested the same night and produced in court the next morning.
According to a complaint filed by the woman, Alam was drunk at the time of the incident.
Police sources said that after Alam was caught, he tried to defend himself claiming he had entered the women’s washroom by mistake. “However, his explanation was not at all satisfactory. Later, he confessed to his crime,” said a senior police officer.
“It was an open-and-shut case. We did not need to interrogate him and so didn’t seek his custody. He has been remanded in judicial custody,” said Dhrubajyoti De, deputy commissioner (eastern suburban division).
Alam was booked under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code that can land him in jail for a maximum of five years.
A 20-year-old youth was arrested from Ghosh Para in Baruipur on Thursday for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl.
Police said Tapan Sardar was a neighbour of the girl and knew her. Tapan had allegedly taken the girl to his house and sexually assaulted her.
The girl narrated the incident to her mother on Thursday after which a complaint was filed with Baruipur police station.
Tapan was arrested from his home in the afternoon while the girl was sent for a medical examination to Baruipur sub-divisional hospital.
A body was found floating in a sack in lower Bagjola canal at Kestopur on Thursday.
Local residents spotted the body and alerted officers of Baguiati police station. It will be sent for post-mortem on Friday.