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Thursday , September 6 , 2012
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Molest case chargesheet

Guwahati, Sept. 5: Police have filed a chargesheet against 16 accused, including prime accused Amarjyoti Kalita and TV reporter Gaurav Jyoti Neog, in the GS Road molestation case.

An official source today said the police had filed the chargesheet at the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup, here yesterday.

The molestation of a young woman outside a pub on busy GS Road on the night of July 9, which was later beamed on a local satellite television channel, had sparked a national outrage.

“All the accused who were named in the chargesheet have been arrested and 15 of them are currently in judicial custody while Gaurav Jyoti Neog was released on bail,” the source said.

Gauhati High Court granted bail to Neog, who filmed the incident and allegedly instigated the mob, on August 13.

The source said the accused had been charged under various sections of the IPC such as 341 (wrongful restraint), 143 (unlawful assembly), 294 (obscene act), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 379 (theft), 366 (kidnapping), 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment), 392 (robbery), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

Along with the chargesheet, reports of the forensic analysis of the raw footage of incident and the voices in the video, statements of the victim recorded under Section 161 CrPC (statement made before a police officer) and Section 164 CrPC (statement made before a magistrate), among others, were also submitted as annexure.

The source said though the police had filed the first chargesheet yesterday, further investigation into the case would continue. “Further investigations in the case will continue even after filing of the first chargesheet, and if we find evidence suggesting role of anyone else in the crime then a supplementary chargesheet will be filed in court.”

Since there was a nationwide outcry against the molestation incident and widespread demand for stern action against the culprits, the city police expeditiously investigated the case and filed the chargesheet within 58 days.

A special investigation team (SIT) headed by superintendent of police (operations) Ranjan Bhuyan was constituted to investigate the case (number 191/2012), which was registered at the Bhangagarh police station. Additional director-general of police (CID) Mukesh Sahay monitored the SIT probe.

Amarjyoti Kalita, the key accused in the case, who absconded after the incident, was arrested in Varanasi on July 23.