Alipurduar. May 2: A lecturer of Krishnanagar Government College was arrested by the GRP yesterday for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl on the New Cooch Behar- bound Uttar Banga Express.
Ghanashyam Roy was produced in the chief judicial magistrate’s court in Jalpaiguri yesterday and remanded in judicial custody for five days.
He has been booked under section 354 of the IPC (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).
According to a source, the minor and her mother had boarded the train from Calcutta on Wednesday evening. Around 3am on Thursday when the train reached Barsoi, the lecturer who was sleeping in the middle birth started molesting the girl who was sleeping on the upper berth.
The girl’s mother woke up after she heard her daughter screaming. The minor took her mother near the toilet and narrated the incident to her.
The girl’s mother was furious and started crying for help which woke up the other passengers. She searched for a police official or a TTE but could find none. The passengers gathered around Roy to prevent him from getting off the train.
When the train reached Dhupguri station around 8.30am yesterday, the girl’s mother saw a GRP member on the platform and told him what had happened.
The passengers brought down Roy and the GRP arrested him after the mother lodged a complaint with the Dhupguri GRP office.
Avishek Bhattacharjee, the officer-in-charge of GRP Mainaguri, said: “The charge against the lecturer was that he outraged the modesty of a girl, which is non-bailable. On the basis of the complaint, we have arrested the accused and he was produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Jalpaiguri yesterday afternoon.”
Roy joined the government college in February as a chemistry lecturer. He is around forty-years-old and a resident of Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri.His colleagues including the principal of Krishnanagar Government College, Jayshree Roy Chowdhury, refused to comment.
He has also been a lecturer in Behrampore Textile College in Murshidabad district and Cooch Behar College.
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