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Cop ‘refusal’ to take complaint

Calcutta, Feb. 8: A female IT professional tonight accused a policeman of pushing her and refusing to register a complaint when she and her husband took a man who had allegedly molested her to a police kiosk in Topsia.

The 26-year-old woman and her husband, both of whom work for the same IT company, were waiting for a taxi on EM Bypass around 7.30pm to return to their Ballygunge Place home after having dinner at Tangra. Suddenly, she was allegedly molested by Rehman Ali, 32.

“We were standing in front of a car showroom near the Park Circus-EM Bypass connector when the man molested me. My husband and I caught him. He hit us but we managed to drag him to the nearby police kiosk,” the woman said.

She said there were two policemen at the kiosk — one of them in the white uniform of the Calcutta police and the other wearing the khaki of the state police. She requested the cop in white, a constable, for help.

“But the constable refused. He told us to take the (accused) man to Topsia police station as catching a molester was not his job,” the complainant said.

She alleged that the constable pushed her following an argument. “He also slapped me on my hand,” she said.

“He claimed his name was Swapan Mukherjee. But later, I found out that his real name was Samir Kumar Das.”

The other cop called up Topsia police station and six policemen arrived shortly. They took Ali, a Howrah resident, to the police station in a van.

The couple followed in a taxi. They lodged a complaint against Ali and the policeman in the white uniform. The Topsia police arrested Ali.

“We have started a case of outrage of modesty. We are probing the allegations made against the constable,” said Debabrata Das, deputy commissioner for the southeast division.

Ali, who works in a leather-manufacturing unit in Topsia, denied the charge of molestation and told the police he was running to catch a bus when he accidentally bumped into the woman.

Police sources said the accused constable had denied the charges against him.

In August 2012, then police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda had instructed the officers in charge of all the 65 police stations in Calcutta to promptly accept complaints and start cases.

The instructions were given after a policeman in Kalighat was accused of refusing to lodge an FIR when a woman accused her in-laws of trying to kill her.