A young professional on her way back home from work was allegedly stalked and harassed at Golpark around 9.30pm on Tuesday.
The accused, Amit Bose, was arrested after the woman and some of her female colleagues who were with her raised an alarm and drew the attention of a policeman at a kiosk nearby.
Police said Bose is a businessman and resident of Gariahat Road.
“The victim, who works in an NGO and is attached to an educational institution, has lodged a complaint, based on which we have arrested the accused. He has been booked under charges of stalking and sexual harassment,” said deputy commissioner (southeast division) Debabrata Das.
The 24-year-old woman and her colleagues had left the NGO office around 9.30pm and were waiting for an autorickshaw near the Golpark bus stand, a few hundred metres away.
Bose, who was standing at the bus stop, allegedly passed a lewd remark at her.
“The accused made an obscene remark at the victim. When she protested, he made another comment that apparently infuriated all the women standing there. They raised an alarm and started arguing with Bose. Their screams for help alerted a policeman at a kiosk 50ft away,” said an officer of Gariahat police station.
Bose was taken to the police station and arrested.
According to the woman’s statement to the police, Bose had stalked her more than once.
“She said Bose had once followed her into a Metro train and kept stalking her till Dum Dum station. She alleged that he had often tried to harass her at the auto stand in Golpark,” said the officer. If the charges are proved, Bose can be imprisoned for three years.
The stretch where the woman said she had been harassed is lined with shops and houses. It is crowded throughout the day but wears a deserted look after 9pm.
“Standing there alone for transport at night is scary. All the shops are closed and there is barely anyone on the road,” said Sonarpur resident Paromita Naskar, who works at a department store near Gariahat that downs shutters around 10pm.