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Man flees after rape bid

A 35-year-old man allegedly tried to rape a woman on Sunday morning at an abandoned building in Watgunge. The accused, yet to be identified, allegedly lured the woman to the building by offering her a job to paint a room.

The accused fled after blood started oozing out of the mouth of the woman, whom he had allegedly tried to strangle, police said. While fleeing he allegedly snatched the 40-year-old’s silver chain and purse that contained a cell phone and Rs 600.

The woman, who earns a living as a contract labourer, was at Ekbalpore More around 8am looking for a job when the accused spotted her, said an officer of Watgunge police station.

“The man approached me and offered me a job to paint a room in the nearby locality,” the woman mentioned in her complaint. “I agreed because I often get such job offers. The man asked me to accompany him to a building.”

The woman was allegedly brought to a building in Mahestala Lane. “There was no worker in the building. The man told me that I would have to paint a room on the ground floor that was being renovated,” an officer quoted the woman as saying.

Once inside the room, the man allegedly pounced on her, and tried to strangle her with a sari when she protested. “During the scuffle, blood started oozing out of the woman’s mouth,” said an officer.

The police have registered a case against an unidentified man under Indian Penal Code sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 376/511 (attempt to rape).

If convicted, the man may be sentenced to life imprisonment.

“It seems the accused got scared when he saw blood coming out of the woman’s mouth and decided to flee,” said another officer probing the case.

The police suspect after a preliminary investigation that the accused was from the locality.

“Renovation work at the building was suspended two months ago and the structure was lying abandoned,” said the officer. “The accused seems to be aware of it.”