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Thursday , August 10 , 2017

Assault on actor & wife at Aadhaar centre

Arindam Halder, also known as Lama. (Mayukh Sengupta)

Aug. 9: An actor and his wife were allegedly beaten up at a privately operated Aadhaar enrolment centre in Teghoria off VIP Road when they went there to get the woman's Aadhaar card corrected today.

Arindam Halder alias Lama, a resident of Joramandir, had gone to an enrolment office operating out of a local shop, 10 minutes away from his house, with his wife Lopamudra this morning.

Lopamudra's surname had been spelt incorrectly in her Aadhaar card and the couple wanted the mistake rectified.

The officials at the enrolment centre allegedly refused to correct the spelling error and asked the couple to wait while they had lunch.

The couple had allegedly waited for at least four hours before their turn came. When the couple pointed this out to the enrolment centre employees, an argument ensued.

"We had already waited for four hours. When we protested, they abused us and suddenly one of them hit my husband," Lopamudra said.

When she tried to stop the men from beating up her husband, the men allegedly pushed her and she fell down. The men then drove the couple out of the shop.

The couple went to Baguiati police station but the officers allegedly refused to accept the complaint and asked them to go to the Airport police station instead.

"The Baguiati police said Raghunathpur, where the shop is located, does not fall under their jurisdiction," said Arindam, a familiar face in Bengali TV serials. He has also acted in several Bengali films, including this year's National Award-winning Bishorjan.

The couple's ordeal didn't end there. The Airport police sent them back to Baguiati police station."After being beaten up, we had to make rounds of the two police stations before we could finally lodge a complaint at Baguiati," Arindam said.

The owner of the shop, Surajit Naskar, was arrested in the evening.

An officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate said the police are on the lookout for other employees of the enrolment present at the time of the incident. A probe will be ordered to find out if the couple's allegations of the police initially refusing to lodge the complaint are true, he said.

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