Momina Bibi, who alleged that her hair had been pulled by constable Sumila; and the constable (below) shows off the bite mark on Tuesday. Pictures by Nantu Dey
Raiganj, Nov. 22: A woman was arrested today for biting a lady constable who allegedly punched her in the face while searching her handbag on the district court premises.
Momina Bibi had gone to the district court this morning to know the status of a case that she had filed last year.
According to constable Sumila Khatun, the woman insisted that she be allowed entry without being searched.
“It was around 11am when the woman insisted that she be allowed to enter. I repeatedly told her that it was mandatory to search a person who wanted to enter the district judge’s court but she began shouting and attacked me. She bit me below my right wrist,” Sumila said.
Momina, however, said the constable boxed her face while searching her.
“She was pulling my handbag and my hair in the name of searching me. I did not bite her. She got a scratch on her hand from my nose ring when she hit out at me,” said the 44-year-old.
The constable denied that she had boxed the woman. “I only hit out at her in self-defence.”
Later, Sumila filed an FIR against Momina with Raiganj police.
Court sources said a metal detector had been installed at the entrance to the district judge’s room before Pujas.
“District judge Dibakar Das had received a threat letter after which he had asked for extra security and since then everyone is frisked before entering his court,” said the source.
District police chief Dipankar Bhattacharya, who is in Calcutta now, said he had been informed about the incident and she has been arrested. “We are starting a case against the woman and she will be produced in court tomorrow,” he said.
Sources in Raiganj police station said Momina had been booked under Sections 186 (obstructing a public servant in the discharge of duty), 353 (obstruction of lawful discharge of duty) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
If proved guilty, she can face imprisonment for three to five years or a fine or both.
Last year, Momina had filed a complaint under Section 498A of the IPC against her husband and in-laws for allegedly torturing her.
“Now she lives in Bankura’s Majirdanga village with her 10-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. She had come to the court today to know the progress of the case. Her in-laws were arrested but her husband Nripen Sarkar is absconding,” said Momina’s lawyer Ashis Sarkar.
He added that Momina was married in 1999 and she used to stay with her husband in Itahar. “Later, Momina alleged that her husband and in-laws used to torture her. She had been calling me to know about the case and I told her to come down so that I could give her the details. She was supposed to meet me today. But I heard that she had got into trouble with the police here.”