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Rape charge after cheat cuffs

A man arrested last week for allegedly posing as Calcutta police hospital’s chief medical officer of health and duping a promoter of Rs 80,000 has been accused of rape by a research scholar attached to a government hospital.

The 35-year-old woman has alleged that the accused, Shekhar Ganguly, whom she had met through a marriage portal in 2009, had introduced himself as a doctor and hidden his marital status before they got married on July 18 this year after a courtship of five years.

Based on her complaint, officers of Gariahat police station have started a case of rape against Ganguly, who is in the custody of Garfa police in the cheating case.

The police have found that Ganguly, in his late 50s, had told the woman that he was born in 1974 and was the CMOH of the Calcutta police hospital. On being questioned about his “old looks” he had bluffed that a bout of typhoid had left him “wrinkled and semi-bald”, the police said.

“The woman had apparently believed him and after five years of being engaged to him, got married to him on July 18. Soon after marriage, he took her to a guesthouse in Gariahat, claiming that he was on bad terms with his family. After two days of stay at the guesthouse, he hosted a party at Chinatown and then convinced her to return to her parental home saying it was a temporary arrangement,” said an officer.

The woman came to know about the fraud only seven days after the marriage when she heard the news of her “husband” being arrested.

Officers of Garfa police station arrested him on July 25 for allegedly cheating a promoter of Rs 80,000.

“He had been posing as an influential person who could manipulate government officials. He would move around in two SUVs with a board bearing the words ‘CMOH, Calcutta police’ fitted to them. He had taken money from the promoter who wanted to make an unauthorised construction by promising to get him police and civic clearances,” said an officer.

Ganguly, originally from Chittaranjan in Burdwan, had been evading arrest since December when the complaint of cheating was lodged against him. His wife lives in south Calcutta while his 21-year-son is a college student.