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Cop ‘drags’ snatch victim

An assistant sub-inspector allegedly pushed and dragged a retired schoolteacher who had gone to Baguiati police station after losing Rs 30,000 to two snatchers on Wednesday.

The officer was apparently trying to prevent 62-year-old Sitalprasad Shaw of Dasadrone in Rajarhat from speaking to the press outside the police station.

Assistant sub-inspector Niloy Ghosh allegedly dragged Shaw by his hands into the police station while he was narrating his plight to reporters around 1pm, moments after the former teacher was knocked down by two youths on a motorcycle near airport gate number 1.

Shaw had stepped out of a nationalised bank after withdrawing Rs 30,000 when the youths attacked. They fled with the handbag containing the cash, leaving the elderly man sprawled on the road.

“I went to the bank in the morning and after withdrawing the amount, I was walking down Jessore Road when two youths on a motorcycle shoved me from behind. I stumbled and my bag fell a few feet away. Before I could gather myself up, they disappeared with the bag,” he said.

Shaw was narrating his ordeal to some reporters who had gathered outside the police station when assistant sub-inspector Ghosh turned up and pulled him inside.

Ghosh was heard telling Shaw, a former teacher of Dum Dum Sarvoday Vidyapith, a primary school, that the police would come to his rescue and not journalists.

When Shaw walked out 15 minutes later, he refused to speak to the reporters. “ I don’t want to speak. Everything is fine,” Shaw said before leaving the police station.

Ghosh denied preventing Shaw from speaking to the media. “Even Shaw will not say I had coerced him,” he said.

When informed about the humiliation that Shaw had to face, Santosh U.R. Nimbalkar, the deputy commissioner of police, Bidhannagar commissionerate, said he would look into the allegation.