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Cop assault nets constable, 4 others

A constable and four other youths allegedly beat up two policemen on Kalyani Expressway early on Sunday when the cops confronted them for drinking inside a car that apparently had a 'Police' sticker on the windscreen.

One of the arrested youths - identified as Sourashis Chatterjee - allegedly dared the cops to act against them, saying his father was a senior IPS officer. Police refused to say whether Sourashis's father was a police officer.

The cop in the group has been identified as Dibyendu Malo, a constable of the Howrah City Police.

All five were arrested and have been remanded in judicial custody for a day.

Chatterjee, Malo and three others - Saptarshi Ghatak, Nilanjan Banerjee and Subhranil Das - were allegedly drinking inside a Maruti Ertiga that was parked on Kalyani Expressway near a toll plaza at Mahishpota, near the Sodepur Road crossing, about 25km from the heart of the city.

An officer of the Barrackpore police commissionerate said the youths were drinking inside their parked car and passing lewd comments at passers-by. "A man who saw the youths drinking called up Ghola police station," the officer said.

"When a night patrol van reached the spot around 12.30am, two of the youths were allegedly drinking standing outside the car, which had a 'Police' sticker on the windscreen."

The cops asked the youths why they were drinking in the open. "The youths told us not to bother as they were not disturbing anyone," said an injured policemen.

An altercation started, during which one of the youths allegedly pushed sub-inspector Tapan Sil, who was leading the patrol team that included three constables.

"The sub-inspector held the youth by the collar. The other cops in the team came to Sil's aid. The sub-inspector was then hit on the head by a bottle. He suffered a deep cut. Tulsi Das, one of the constables, suffered injuries on his right hand," an officer at the commissionerate said.

"Sourashis said his father is a DIG rank officer and dared the cops to act against them," the officer said.

One of the constables called up Ghola police station and asked for reinforcement.

"A team from the police station reached the spot and outnumbered the youths, who were taken to the police station and arrested," the officer said. They have been booked for obstructing public servant in discharge of functions, threat of injury to public servant, wrongful restraint, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty.

Sil and Das were taken to Panihati State General Hospital, from where they were discharged after treatment.

Officers of the Barrackpore commissionerate did not confirm whether Sourashis' claim was true.

Metro spoke to the officer of the DIG rank who Sourashis claimed was his father. The officer was told about the incident and the fact that one of the accused said he was his son. The officer, posted in north Bengal, said: "There is some truth. I won't admit or deny it."

But when asked whether Sourashis was his son, he said: "No, he isn't my son."

"We are trying to find out whether what the youth said is true," Barrackpore police commissioner Neeraj Singh said.

Malo, officers said, was earlier posted in the Howrah police area. Howrah police commissioner D.P. Singh said Malo was a guard of an IPS officer in Howrah.

"When the officer was here, Malo was his guard. When the officer was transferred, Malo went away with him. Though he is a constable with the Howrah police, he is not posted in Howrah now," Singh said.

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