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Monday, February 9, 2015

‘Slipper beaten’ OC transferred, police start case against the housewife

Malda, 8 February, 2015: The police official of Bhaluka outpost in Harischandrapur police station has been transferred overnight after he was beaten with slippers by a housewife for allegedly humiliating her with lewd remark. Meanwhile police have started a case against 14 persons including the housewife Sabita Paswan (32) which has been slammed by all major political parties barring the Trinamul Congress. SP Prasun  Banerjee however smells a rat behind the incident.

Mrs Paswan slapped the officer-in-charge of Bhaluka police outpost Sanat Biswas alleging that the latter made indecent proposal to her as she went to seek a photocopy of the complaint that she had lodged against two of his neighbours on 2 February for allegedly heaping dirt in front of her house. The housewife was reportedly joined by her husband and others in assaulting the police officer for allegedly throwing lewd remark at her.

The concerned cop officer has been asked to join Kaliachak police station handing over his charge to a sub inspector from Kaliachak police station Subir Sarkar. However, opposition political parties believe that district police administration removed the OC of Bhaluka outpost with an eye to burying the controversy easily.

It has been learnt from police sources that police started a case against Mrs Paswan and 13 others including an elected member of Bhaluka gram panchayat Bapi Chowdhury under sections 353, 323 etc of the IPC for allegedly roughing up an on duty police officer.

Mrs Paswan however said that she would not go to police to lodge complaint against Sanat Biswas fearing that police would arrest her. “I have no faith in police as they have filed case against me and others without taking any legal action against the offending police officer. I am rather considering knocking the door of the bodies like human rights commission and women’s commission,” she said.

Meanwhile, BJP, Congress and CPI-M threatened to get on the street if police proceeded against the ‘innocent’ woman. “It is unfortunate that police have started case against the woman who was slurred with vulgar comment by the police officer. If she is arrested, we would go all out against the police,” said the BJP district president Sibendu Sekhar Roy.

District Congress president and MP Mausam Noor too warned that her party workers would organize formidable movement if any single step were taken against the woman by police.

CPI-M district secretary Ambar Mitra said, “If police arrest the woman, we would stand by her with our political strength.”

District Trinamul president Moazzem Hossain said, “The woman should not have taken law in her hand. She should have lodged complaint to higher police authority.”

SP Prasun Banerjee said, “OC was transferred only for holding an impartial probe being held by SDPO, Chanchal Koustavdeep Acharya. In primary investigation fault was not found with the OC. Rather it may be a ply to harass a police officer in an organized manner. Police started a case against those who beat the ob duty officer. There is no hurry in arresting them. They would be arrested only after police get complete proof against them.” 

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