The founder and a faculty member of a marine engineering college in Madhyamgram has been arrested for allegedly raping and cheating a woman by making false promises of marriage and using her money to set up the college.
The woman has lodged a complaint with a court, alleging that Sammohan Banerjee, 32, had gone back on his promise of marrying her.
The two met five years ago when the victim was working in a nursing home at New Alipore. Banerjee, a resident of Hridaypur in Barasat, allegedly promised to marry the victim, lived with her for a few months and took Rs 5 lakh from her. He invested the money in the college.
“Apart from making false promises of marriage, Banerjee had taken Rs 5 lakh from the woman in two instalments. The payments were made in cheque,” said the officer.
The woman realised she had been cheated when Banerjee married someone else last year. “She lodged a complaint with the court one-and-a-half months ago under Section 156 (3) of the CrPC. We acted on the instructions of the court and started a case of rape, cheating and criminal breach of trust,” said a police officer.
The police have procured the woman’s bank account details, which show that money had been transferred from her account to Banerjee’s.
The woman has undergone medical tests and her statements have been recorded in court.
Banerjee was produced in court on Wednesday and remanded in police custody.
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