Immigration officer arrested for abusing woman

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New Delhi:In charges of hurling lewd remarks and abusing at a woman passenger at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on March 18, an immigration officer was arrested on Wednesday evening, police said on Thursday. But he was released on bail a few hours after he was arrested.

The woman was flying from Delhi to Hongkong. She is known to be a resident of Bengaluru. Immigration officer Vinod Kumar had harassed her at Delhi, according to the reports.Kumar was arrested in Delhi under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), police said. He was arrested a week after police recorded the woman’s statement in Bengaluru.

“The immigration officer was arrested Wednesday, but he got bail in a few hours after his arrest as the section imposed on him was bailable,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI airport) M.I. Haider told.The woman claimed Kumar harassed her by asking “several uncomfortable personal questions” at the immigration counter before she boarded the flight to Hong Kong.

She added that the officer not only harassed her during the immigration process at the desk, but also followed her at the escalator between the domestic and international transfer.

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