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RIMS molest trail to Calcutta

Ranchi police are preparing to launch an interstate hunt for a mechanic who allegedly molested and attempted rape on a 17-year-old tribal girl at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Saturday.

Following instructions of city SP Anoop Birtharay, a team from Bariatu thana is expected to visit Calcutta after Id to track down Tanveer Alam (33), an employee of Adams Elevator Company Private Limited, the firm that offers lift maintenance service to RIMS.

Tanveer had been working at the state-run hospital for the past four years as a senior mechanic and Ranchi police are learnt to have sought his residential details in Bengal from the company. Adams Elevator is located at P35 Industrial Estate, Phase II, Rash Behari Avenue Connector in Kasba, Calcutta, which will be the probe team’s first halt.

In the state capital on Monday, a medical team examined the victim a second time at Ranchi Sadar Hospital. Superintendent Dr A.K. Jha, however, refused to divulge the findings.

Bariatu thana in-charge Vinod Singh said that medical tests had remained incomplete on Saturday and hence, the minor girl was examined once again. “We have collated details about the accused and, if required, we will seek help from Calcutta police,” he added.

SP Birtharay confirmed that he had directed speedy investigations into the matter. “We want immediate arrest of the accused. It is a case of sexual harassment involving a helpless minor,” he said.

The incident took place around 12.30pm on Saturday when the girl from Latehar, whose brother is under treatment at RIMS, had gone to the terrace to dry clothes. Tanveer allegedly dragged her inside a lift and molested her. The victim has also claimed that he took her photographs and made a video clip too.

An FIR was lodged under different sections of the IPC and POCSO Act. Soon thereafter, he fled his rented house in Bariatu and is believed to have escaped out of Ranchi.

Police have, so far, examined seven witnesses, including guards at RIMS and a minor relative of the victim, whose statements corroborate the allegations.

Senior Adams Elevator official S. Chandra, on the other hand, feigned ignorance on the matter. “I am not aware whether police have contacted anyone in the company about the person concerned,” he said, adding that the firm’s maintenance manager was on leave. “Once he resumes duty, we will inquire about the matter. The company will extend all possible help to police.”

Another company official, requesting anonymity, said Ranchi police had directed them to stop payment of salary and arrears to Tanveer Alam to pressure him to surrender.