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Drinking on road nets four

Three men and a woman were arrested on Ballygunge Circular Road early on Monday for allegedly drinking in the open and assaulting a civic police volunteer who tried to stop them from doing so.

The four have been identified as Saini Iqbal, 28, her husband Zafar, 32, brother-in-law Samir, 21, and family friend Mukesh Gupta, 35.

Civic police volunteer Chandan Kumar, attached to Ballygunge police station, had spotted four men and a woman — sitting on the bonnet of a car or leaning against it — opposite Punjab Club around 2am.

“On approaching the group, Chandan found they were drinking,” said an officer of Ballygunge police station.

“When he asked them to pack up and leave, the woman started protesting. At first, she threatened that she would tear her dress and implicate Chandan in a false case. The threat was followed by a volley of abuses. The men then joined, saying no one had the right to tell them where to drink. Chandan was also assaulted,” the officer added.

The volunteer reported the matter to the police station and women cop were immediately requisitioned from Lalbazar. By the time the women police arrived, the group had scattered.

“One of them had driven off. The others ran into adjacent lanes and bylanes. The policewomen tracked the woman who had abused Chandan to one of the lanes, behind a wall,” the officer said.

“All except the woman work as drivers. A search for the fourth man and the car has been launched,” said a senior officer.

The four have been booked under sections of unlawful assembly, assaulting without provocation and stopping a government official from performing his duty.

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