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Monday, March 2, 2015

College girl molested in running train, three youths arrested

Malda, 2 March, 2015: Molesting a college girl traveling with her mother in a reserved compartment of a running train landed three youths in prison. The incident occurred in Bangaluru bound Guwahati-Bangaluru Express last night. The youths identified as Biman Mandal, 22, Pratap Mandal, 21 and Debashish Mandal, 24 were forwarded to court by government railway police (GRP) today.

It has been learnt from GRP sources that the 20 years old girl, a student of second year of graduation course in Siliguri College was returning home at Mokdampur area in English Bazaar police station with her mother by the Bangaluru bound train.

The girl in a written complaint to the GRP alleged that after the train departed New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station Sunday at 16.55 hours, the trio started abusing her in front of her mother and other passengers. Even repeated warning by the girl and her mother could not discourage them from molesting her in public. As the girl to get of those youth changed her seat, the accused too followed her. They allegedly snapped photos of the girl too. Surprisingly, no co-passenger reportedly came to the rescues of the girl and her mother.

The accused trio from Chandipur village of Kahala gram panchayat in Ratua police station went to Siliguri to appear for an interview for recruitment in CRPF. They were supposed to get down at Samsi station.

Three accused youths on way of being produced in court on Monday (Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury)

But as they did not get down at Samsi and continued to follow and molest her, sensing a bigger peril, the complainant at a fit of desperation sought help from a GRP constable Mr B Burman who immediately nabbed one of the accused Biman Mandal. After the girl’s photo was found on Biman’s mobile, the girl’s complaint was primarily substantiated.

Meanwhile, as the train reached Malda around 7 pm, GRP personnel arrested the other two youths two and started grilling them.

The girl lamented that though the youths even pulled her hands in public, no co-passenger protested or came to her rescue.

Inspector in charge of GRP station in Malda Mr Krishna Gopal Dutta said, “Police started cases under sections 354 and 354A (Molestation and obscene behaviour) against the three youths who were arrested on the charge of molesting a college girl in a running train last night.” 

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