Duo harass teen, one held

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 11.11.13
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Two youths allegedly stalked a teenager, chased her when she started running and pulled her by her hand before witnesses caught one of them on Hazra Road on Saturday evening.

One of the youths, Sanjay Das, has been booked under IPC section 354D which deals with stalking, a bailable offence. Police said a hunt was on for the other accused.

The complainant, a student of Class XI, said the incident occurred around 7.30pm while she was walking down Hazra Road in front of Alipore Central jail.

The girl, daughter of a warder at the correctional home, studies at a school in Bongaon in North 24-Parganas. She was staying with her parents in the quarters for jail employees.

“I was walking from the Gopalnagar crossing towards my father’s quarters outside the jail’s boundary wall. Soon I realised that two youths were tailing me,” the teenager recounted on Sunday.

“The two youths, too, increased speed and came closer to me. When I was about to run, one of them caught my left hand and pulled me. I managed to free myself and started running.”

While fleeing, the girl looked back and saw Das and his friend were running after her. “I screamed to alert pedestrians but no one came to my rescue. I kept running and at a spot close to my father’s quarters, saw some residents huddled together. On seeing me running and hearing my cries for help, they came and caught one of the youths,” she said.

According to the police, the residents chased Das and his accomplice.

“They caught Das but the other youth managed to flee,” said an officer of Alipore police station. “The residents beat up the youth before getting in touch with us. We are looking for the other accused,” he said.

The police said Das, a resident of Chetla, was drunk. He and his friend were returning from a friend’s house in Alipore when they started stalking the complainant.

“Das was drunk. The duo left the place and started walking towards Gopalnagar More for taking an auto to Chetla. On their way, they saw the girl walking in front of them and started stalking her,” said an officer working on the case.

After arresting Das, police took him to SSKM Hospital for a medical test. “The test confirmed that he had consumed liquor,” said the officer.

Das was produced in the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Alipore and released on bail on Sunday.

A police officer said a bailable section was slapped on the youth on the basis of the teenager’s complaint.

Asked why a non-bailable section was not pressed even after the complaint stated that the youths had pulled her hand, the officer said: “We did what was appropriate.”

Molest cuffs

A 62-year-old private tutor was arrested late on Saturday from his Churamonipara home in Howrah’s Domjur for allegedly molesting a Class VI student.

A complaint lodged by the girl’s mother with Domjur police station said the girl, a student of a state-aided Bengali-medium school in the area, had gone to Arup Ratan Dutta’s house on Saturday evening for tuition when he molested her.

The complaint said that Dutta’s wife would usually be home in the evening, but on Saturday evening the accused was alone.

Dutta has been giving tuition since his retirement from his government job two years ago.